PBA Spare Shots: Mike Edwards Replaces Injured Ron Mohr in PBA Challenge’s PBA50 Tour Field

by Bill Vint October 22, 2014 08:22

Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., has replaced Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in the field of eight players who will compete for the PBA50 Tour’s berth in the made-for-TV PBA Challenge telecast during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

The eight-player, eight-game match play qualifying events for PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional players will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. All three events will be covered live on Xtra Frame. The top two players in each event will advance to the PBA Challenge which will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the new South Point Bowling Plaza for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

The PBA50 Tour field will include Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.; Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Tom Baker of King, N.C.; 2014 PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela; Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Edwards, who steps in for the injured Mohr. Edwards also will have an opportunity to bowl in the entire GEICO WSOB VI.

The PBA Regional qualifying field will include: Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. (East Region); Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C. (South); EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind. (Central); Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest); Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas (Southwest); David Haynes, Las Vegas (West); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. (Northwest), and Pat Nolan (Japan).

The PBA Women’s Regional field will include: Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (East); Christina Hardee, Mt. Dora, Fla. (South); Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (Central); Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va. (Midwest); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia (Southwest); Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (West); Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah (Northwest), and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: VENEZUELA’S LEON WINS TWICE IN RENO

Richard Leon of Venezuela, who is on the waiting list hoping for a chance to bowl in the sold-out GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI when it gets underway Friday in Las Vegas, won his first two PBA Regional titles over the weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Bowling in Friday’s Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge, a tournament for players who have not previously won PBA titles, Leon defeated Clarence White III of Tracy, Calif., 223-197, to win his first PBA Regional title. In addition to a $1,200 first prize, Leon also became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, which will take place in February in Indianapolis.

Leon got his second victory Sunday when he barely escaped the first elimination round, but advanced to the title match where he defeated Andrew Cain of Phoenix by 17 pins to win the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Re-entry Open at the Stadium.

In Sunday’s “elimination format” championship match, Leon rolled a 204 game to top Cain’s 187. In the semifinal round, Cain led the four-player field of survivors with a 203, Leon was second with a 201, Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix was third with a 194 and England’s Stuart Williams, who currently resides in Phoenix, was fourth with a 187. Leon earned $1,600 for Sunday’s win.

● With a live Xtra Frame audience watching, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 238-226, to win the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., Sunday. The title was Loschetter’s second PBA Regional title of the year and his 12th career title. He also earned $2,500.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, outlasted Brandon Bivens of East Ridge, Tenn., and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, to win his 18th PBA Regional title Sunday in the 11th annual PBA Young & Pratt Austin Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas.

Only nine pins separated the top three players with four matches left in the eight-game round robin match play finals. Malott won his last five games, including a 216-170 final game position round victory over Nathan Bohr of Austin, to pull ahead and claim the $2,500 champion’s check. Malott finished with a 21-game total of 5,100 pins, 48 ahead of Bivens

Bivens out-struck Maldonado in their final game match, 268-250, to move into second place while Bohr fell to fourth, with Maldonado advancing to third position.

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., defeated Matt Taylor of Youngsville, N.C., 223-216, to win his eighth PBA Regional title in the PBA Franklin Southern Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va., Sunday. Troup earned $2,300 while Taylor pocketed $1,300 as the runner-up.

● 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

● Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, host center for the PBA League playoffs and Elias Cup Finals in late March, will introduce Maine bowling fans to the PBA League when it hosts a special PBA League Draft party on Friday, Oct. 31. The PBA League Draft will be conducted at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, with eight team managers selecting five players each for the weekend of PBA League competition in Portland.

● PBA Tour titlist Stuart Williams was one of four players inducted into the United Kingdom Tenpin Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 during the 888.com Weber Cup tournament at the Metrodome, Barnsley, England. Inducted along with Williams were Gemma (Burden) Harding, Zara (Glover) Giles, Ron Oldfield and meritorious service honoree Tom Clarke.

● A new line of PBA-logoed merchandise is now available through the PBA Store on pba.com, and at PBA Tour tournament sites.

● PBA Tour titlist Rhino Page once again joined his young friend Tyler Cacioppo, who he befriended in 2009, to continue raising money and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Page helped establish the “Rhino Page & Friends Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s & Colitis Fundraiser” bowling fundraiser, and recently expanded his activity into running a half marathon with Cacioppo in Jamestown, R.I. Working together with Tyler and his family, Page has helped raise more than $30,000 to combat intestinal tract diseases.

● Need a Super Sub? When last season’s Hankel Classic high-average bowler Mike Fogarty was unable to bowl league on opening night at Howell Lanes in Howell, N.J., he brought in a sub: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia. The veteran PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour star did a fine job, starting the evening with a 300 game en route to a 782 series.

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Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 20, 2014 08:46

CHICAGO – Bob Glass, a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour; former Microsoft executive Chris Peters, who played a key role as a new owner in reviving the Professional Bowlers Association, and Barb Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. The Hall of Fame Dinner will be open to the public; ticket information will be announced later.

Glass was elected in the PBA50 Performance category. Peters and Wilt will be recognized in the Meritorious Service category for their extraordinary efforts behind the scenes to advance the PBA.

Glass, one of the first true power players on the PBA50 Tour, competed as a senior between 1997 and 2007 when he won nine titles and finished in the top five 38 times in 78 tournaments, earning just shy of a half-million dollars ($487,215). He won a pair of majors – the 2000 Brunswick PBA Senior Championship and 2001 United States Bowling Congress Seniors Masters – and earned PBA50 Player of the Year honors in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Glass, who holds a PhD in economics and has a law degree, lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently is Chief of Economics and Rates with the Kansas Corporation Commission in nearby Topeka. Glass will celebrate his 67th birthday on Friday, Oct. 24.

“I was really surprised,” Glass said of his election. “I bowled some on the regular tour, and I really only bowled full-time 5 1/2 years on the senior tour. I just feel real lucky. It’s kind of shocking.

“I used to tell people that my game degenerated slower than other people’s because as a senior, I was able to beat guys who used to beat me regularly,” he added.

With an imposing 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame, Glass said, “I was still pretty strong when I came out (on the PBA50 Tour). Actually, Steve Wunderlich (a three-time PBA Tour titlist), who was with Track at the time, probably saved my career when he convinced me to drop from 16-pound equipment for 15 pounds because the heavier ball was too powerful.”

Peters, an early employee of Microsoft who later became an executive with the company, led the effort to purchase the PBA with partners and fellow Microsoft executives Mike Slade and Rob Glaser in 2000. Peters and his partners provided an infusion of capital to ensure a solid foundation for the organization while at the same time providing vision and innovative ideas to enhance the fan experience especially in the areas of event presentation and online coverage. The introduction of a professionally-designed “arena” style set for TV finals, including professional presentation of signage and an overall enhanced image, helped the PBA generate more new non-bowling corporate sponsorships than the PBA had seen in several years.

During Peters’ tenure as an owner and Chairman of the PBA Board of Directors, the PBA:

            ● Hired former Nike executives to enhance the organization’s position as a major sports organization;

            ● Re-launched a more comprehensive and fan-friendly PBA.com;

            ● Developed live online broadcasting of PBA competition through Strike Pass subscription service (now Xtra-Frame). Strike Pass was one of the first online ventures in the sports world to provide fans with live video-streaming coverage;

            ● Successfully negotiated long-term contracts with ESPN to establish a consistent time slot for PBA Tour telecasts;

            ● Introduced the PBA Exempt Tour for the 2004-05 season, creating an “elite” tour to better showcase PBA Tour players and provide the Tour’s most successful players with guaranteed opportunities to make a living by including record prize money for standard events. Each major featured a minimum $100,000 first prize, with the PBA World Championship offering a then-record $120,000 first prize.

“I was very excited when (PBA Commissioner) Tom Clark called,” Peters said. “It’s great. I’m a bit overwhelmed, but obviously this is shared with (co-owners) Rob (Glaser) and Mike (Slade). They were responsible, not just financially, but with their enthusiasm and ideas and everything else. I never could have done this without them.

“It’s been 15 years since I first talked with (former PBA Commissioner) Mark Gerberich,” Peters continued. “Way back then, Rob and Mike and I thought there might be a way to showcase bowling on the Internet. The idea was crazy at the time, but now the world is catching up, and that’s great to see.

“The nicest thing about my involvement is the people I met in the bowling industry,” he added. “They are the nicest people I’ve met in the world, bar none, and that’s what makes this so special. The PBA didn’t have to do this. It’s a huge honor. It’s kind of a sad note, but my father was a big bowling fan, and he died during the past 15 years. He was the first one I wanted to call, so that kind of explains how much this means to me.”

Wilt, who joined the PBA staff in 1970, retired to North Carolina in 2014 after 44 years of service to the organization. Her duties ranged from processing all PBA Tour entries to managing all of the PBA’s statistical records, and virtually every other hands-on office chore over her extensive career.

When the PBA was sold in 2000, the new owners asked Wilt to assist with the transition to the new headquarters in Seattle, so she moved to Seattle and continued to work to make improvements in membership, entries and statistical processes.

She was the face of the PBA among most of its thousands of members over four-plus decades, providing a familiar and friendly voice to help them with their needs, and she was conduit between PBA’s national and regional tournament directors in bridging the gap between the “office and the road.” She also became the organization’s unofficial historian and served as a guardian of old records, photographs and historical information.

“I’m overwhelmed. I never believed this would happen,” Wilt said. “It’s pretty overwhelming and I’m very, very honored.

“I did a job I loved to do, and worked with great people and terrific athletes, and I got the better end of the deal. It’s pretty cool.”

There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category.

Eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame in the performance category requires a minimum of 20 years of PBA membership plus a minimum of 10 standard PBA Tour titles, or five titles plus two majors. Eligibility for the PBA50 performance category, which is intended to recognize players who excelled after reaching the age of 50, requires a minimum of 10 years of PBA50 competition plus a minimum of eight PBA50 Tour titles, or five standard PBA50 titles plus two majors. Candidates must receive a two-thirds majority of ballots cast in order to be elected.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Action” Jackson, Chris Barnes to Bowl $10,000 Winner-Take-All Match at WSOB VI

by Bill Vint October 15, 2014 06:54

JT “Action” Jackson, who earned his nickname by bowling “action” with his comedian friends in Los Angeles, has challenged 17-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, to a one-game, All-In Showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Friday, Oct. 24, from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Jackson, a 37-year-old left-hander, has won one PBA Regional title and has cashed only once in 34 PBA Tour events, but he has no fear of taking on one of the PBA’s most accomplished players in a one-game match on the challenging PBA World Championship lane condition. Each player will put up $5,000 and they will bowl for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize at 5:15 p.m. ET (2:15 p.m. local time) on Oct. 24.

“I called (PBA Commissioner Tom Clark) and asked him if the PBA was going to do an ‘all-in showdown’ like they did a couple of years ago. No one had mentioned anything,” Jackson said, “but he asked if I wanted to do something like that, so he called Barnes, and it’s going to be me against him.”

It was a last-minute suggestion but Barnes, who did his share of megabucks, high-stakes action bowling before he even began his PBA career, quickly accepted the challenge. He’s the only PBA player who has agreed to participate in every winner-take-all contest since the concept was introduced as a special event at the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in Allen Park, Mich., in 2009.

Jackson, who has cultivated a successful career as a comedian and actor, including featured roles in Kingsford Charcoal, CDW computer and Hulu television ads, said he got his start in “action bowling” in 2003.

“Around that time, I was doing a lot of standup comedy in Los Angeles,” he said. “Me and a bunch of my comedian friends started bowling. I had never bowled like that, but a bunch of guys – including Kevin Hart – started bowling every Monday. We’d bowl for $1 a pin, whatever, and I discovered I could throw the ball pretty good. I lost a lot at first, but I started practicing six, seven hours a day for seven, eight months non-stop. I really took it serious, and that’s how I got better.”

But put his record against Barnes’ and there’s no doubt who will be the favorite.

“Oh, my goodness, you don’t need to tell me that,” Jackson laughed. “But in one game, anything could happen. In a marathon, I’m pretty sure he’d prevail. But one game? I know who he is; I respect him as a great bowler, but for me, personally, nobody out there shakes me up. I’m not afraid of anybody.”

Jackson also said he’s got the confidence of Kevin Hart, a PBA League owner (Philadelphia Hitmen), and one of the hottest acting properties in Hollywood. Hart is actually putting up Jackson’s $5,000 stake in the contest.

“Kevin’s putting me in,” Jackson said. “He’s aware of what’s going on, so that’s cool.”

Jackson also said he’s going to take the match seriously, but if Barnes initiates any trash-talking, “What you give me, you shall receive in return,” Jackson grinned. “I’m not going to start anything, but I’d love for him to start talking trash, because I’ll give it right back. And then some.”

For Barnes, the winner-take-all action matches take him back to his pre-PBA days.

“I’ve always liked action. It doesn’t happen that much anymore, but that’s what I do. I bowl,” Barnes said. “I’d prefer a longer format than one game, but it is what it is. It gets your heart pumping, and $5,000 for one game will get my blood flowing.”

The Jackson vs. Barnes match will be part of the PBA’s WSOB Xtra Frame coverage, and another bonus for new subscribers who enroll in the new XF Season Ticket program prior to November 30. For complete details about the special XF Season Ticket package, visit pba.com and click on the XF Season Ticket link.

TOP TEACHING PRO MARK BAKER’S “TIPS” TO BE FEATURED ON XTRA FRAME

The PBA has partnered with four-time PBA Tour champion and nationally-acclaimed bowling instructor Mark Baker to provide a series of Baker’s bowling tips to Xtra Frame subscribers as an added bonus.

During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2, a series of excerpts from Baker’s new instructional DVD, called “The System,” will be archived on Xtra Frame under the “Tips and Equipment” section where they will be available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Baker also will be on hand at the World Series where he’ll visit the Xtra Frame booth periodically to offer his analysis and discuss his new DVD.

For fans interested in ordering “The System,” a link will be established on pba.com soon.

JOHNNY PETRAGLIA FEATURED IN VFW MAGAZINE ARTICLE

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia was the subject of an article in the October edition of VFW Magazine by Richard Kolb featuring noted sports figures who served during the Vietnam War. Among other noted athletes who were featured in the story were Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and former Notre Dame/Pittsburgh Steelers star Rocky Bleier.

According to the article, Petraglia enlisted for a two-year tour-of-duty in the U.S. Army in September of 1966 and first served as a cook, which was required for all new enlistees. He was sent to Vietnam in October of 1967 where he served in the 368th Transportation Company that was responsible for the discharge and loading of cargo. He was discharged in June of 1968.

At the time Petraglia entered the service at age 19, he was already a PBA member and had just come off his first PBA Tour title – the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Open in August of 1966.

The October issue of VFW Magazine will be archived on the organization’s website in the near future. A digital version of the article is not available, but a copy of the magazine may be requested by email (magazine@vfw.org) or by calling (816) 756-3390.

DANNY WISEMAN YOUTH TOURNAMENT AWARDS $21,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman hosted his third annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Sunday at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore, and wound up distributing more than $21,000 in scholarship money to the bowlers who advanced to match play. Brianna Marie Barna and Adam Zimmerman were the big winners. For final results of Wiseman’s event, visit his website: dannywisemanbowling.com

EUROPEAN PBA STARS TOP AMERICANS TO WIN 15TH WEBER CUP

A team of four PBA stars from Europe staged a huge rally on the final day to defeat a team of American counterparts in the 15th annual invitational 888.com Weber Cup competition at Metrodome in Barnsley, England, on Sunday. Trailing the U.S. PBA stars by four points heading into the final day, the European players won six of eight singles matches to create a 16-16 tie, and then defeated the American team, 242-220 in the Baker team finale to retain the Weber Cup.

In Sunday’s singles competition, Sweden’s Martin Larsen defeated Chris Barnes, 278-269; England’s Stuart Williams defeated Bill O’Neill, 227-180; Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi defeated Tommy Jones, 213-173; Barnes defeated Larsen, 260-246; England’s Dom Barrett defeated Wes Malott, 233-208; Koivuniemi defeated Jones, 230-196; Williams defeated O’Neill, 266-236 and Malott defeated Koivuniemi, 237-227, to set up the Baker team finale.

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition is a “made for television” invitational event conducted for European television distribution.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: WEST, NORTHWEST WSOB VI REPRESENTATIVES DECIDED

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted an 8-4 match play record and an 20-game total of 4,800 pins to win his 19th PBA Regional title and second in a row in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., Sunday.

Haugen, who earned $2,500, defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas by 184 pins for the title. Haynes had a 5-7 match play record and 4,616 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins. Haugen had previously won the Fog City West Open in Daly City, California, on Sept. 28.

The tournament was the final qualifying event for the PBA West and Northwest Region players to earn paid entries into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI plus berths in the PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers which will kick off WSOB VI on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Haynes locked up the West Region’s PBA Regional berth while Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., won the Northwest Region berth. The PBA Women’s Regional berths were won by Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (West) and Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah (Northwest). Parkin finished fifth overall art Black Oak, earning $800, while Boomershine finished 15th to earn $460.

● “Super senior” Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio and partner Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill., defeated Mitch Jabczenski of Novi, Mich. and amateur Ed Mintz of Canton, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA’s Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles title at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams included one PBA50 bowler (between the ages of 50 and 59) and one PBA60 bowler (over the age of 60). The title was Henry’s fifth career regional title and Carter’s sixth. They split a $3,200 first prize.

● PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, won six of his eight matches to successfully defend his PBA50 Shreveport Southwest Open title, presented by Landers Fiat, at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La., on Sunday.

Williams battled Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, for the lead throughout the event, but dominated Scroggins in the final game, 256-166, to secure the title and the $1,500 first prize by 191 pins.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., won nine of his 12 matches and finished with a 20-game total of 4,657 pins to record a 282-pin victory over Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., in the PBA50 Dover Eastern Open at Brunswick Doverama in Dover, N.J., Sunday. 

Edwards, who turned 50 in June, was competing in his third PBA50 regional event. He had not won a PBA East title since July, 2009, but after a slow start and a key ball change, he reeled off eight consecutive match wins to build an insurmountable lead heading into position round.

Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., defeated Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 238-216, to win the PBA Thunderbowl Midwest Open on Saturday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in the PBA50 half of the doubleheader, Jimmy Johnson of Ralston, Iowa, defeated Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., 201-189, for his second overall PBA Regional title and a $1,700 first prize.

In the standard PBA event, DeMore defeated amateur Tony Manna of Omaha, 269-209, while Calkins edged Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., 248-227, to set up the championship match. With his first regional title, DeMore won $2,100 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

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

● Xtra Frame is back on the air this weekend with live coverage of 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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IBMHOF Awarded Presenting Sponsorship of WSOB VI PBA Challenge Telecast

by Bill Vint October 14, 2014 02:58

CHICAGO – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame will be presenting sponsor of the PBA Challenge telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark has announced. The presenting sponsorship was awarded by the PBA to create awareness for the IBMHOF, which is located in Arlington, Texas.

The PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame telecast will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m. local time in the new South Point Bowling Plaza as part of PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The telecast will feature four two-player matches involving PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and Teen Masters competitors.

The PBA Challenge finalists will be determined in eight-game round-robin match play events covered live on Xtra Frame on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point. The qualifying events will include PBA Regional points leaders representing the eight PBA Regions, eight PBA Women’s Regional points winners, and eight PBA50 Tour competition points leaders. The fourth match will include the 2014 Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division champions in a Grand Championship contest. The four match winners will then bowl in a one-ball, low-score-eliminated Knock Out Bonus Round to conclude the telecast.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea and a generous offer on behalf of the PBA,” said Bob Gudorf, President of the IBMHOF Board of Trustees. “Any visibility the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame gets is great. It’s good for bowling.”

The IBMHOF is the home for the history of the sport, which includes the heritage of the PBA, its stars and its events. For more information about the IBMHOF, visit bowlingmuseum.com.

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PBA Spare Shots: Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service Award

by Bill Vint October 10, 2014 08:14

The Professional Bowlers Association is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. 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.

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., was the winner of the inaugural Reyes award.

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).

PLAYERS TO PROMOTE BVL DURING GEICO WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING TELECASTS

Players who appear on GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts will be encouraged to wear BVL identification on their shirts in support of Bowlers to Veterans Link, the charity funded exclusively by the bowling community. BVL each year raises nearly $1 million to provide a variety of services to America’s hospitalized veterans (bowlersforveterans.org).

GEICO WSOB telecasts will include the Cheetah Championship presented by the PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game; the Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships; PBA Challenge Finals; World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, and the PBA World Championship. All telecasts except the PBA World Championship will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, in the new South Point Bowling Plaza, to air on consecutive Sundays on ESPN starting Dec. 16. The PBA World Championship will be a live telecast from the South Point Bowling Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 11.

DAVE SCHROEDER PROMOTED TO PBA VICE PRESIDENT-MEDIA

Dave Schroeder, who has worked in various aspects of media activities with the PBA since 1993, has been promoted to PBA Vice President-Media, Commissioner Tom Clark has announced. In his expanded role, Schroeder will be responsible for overseeing most aspects of the PBA Network, including PBA’s network television activities, pba.com, Xtra Frame, social media and news media relations.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: JOHNSON, GREENE LOCK UP PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL BERTHS

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., locked up the PBA Central and Midwest Women’s Regional points titles over the Oct. 5 weekend, earning paid entries into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI and berths in the PBA Women’s Regional match play event which will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center. The eight-player, eight-game round robin match play event will determine the two players who will advance to the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 2. The PBA Challenge special event will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., defeated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by 76 pins to win the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA/Northway Lanes Central Open at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich., on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Schmidt finished the 15-game event with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,546 pins, including match play bonus pins. The title was Schmidt’s first in PBA Regional competition, and it qualified him to enter the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions that will be held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in February. He also earned $2,000.

The tournament was the third and final Central Region PBA Women’s Regional points events. With her fifth-place overall finish, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., overtook Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, to earn a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center Oct. 24-Nov. 2. She also won $600. Tackett won the Central Region berth in the PBA Regional Finals, which also will be contested on Oct. 24, along with a paid WSOB VI entry.

Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, defeated Dave Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., 258-171, to win the PBA Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Region Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo., Sunday, for his second career regional title and a $2,200 prize.

Williams defeated Ben Howison-Johnstone of St. Charles, Missouri, 232-189, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match. Howison-Johnstone defeated Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, 227-217, in the first match.

In the third and final PBA Women’s Regional qualifying contest, Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., shot 258 in her final game to slip past Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., and win the PBA Midwest Region’s berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals along with a paid entry into the PBA WSOB VI. Greene finished 15th overall in the Belton field, earning $400, while Stram finished 17th.

Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., won six of his eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 3,830 pins to record a 110-pin victory over Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., in the PBA Maple City Dodge Open at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 4.

LeClair took a 59-pin lead over Paluszek going into the final position round game. Paluszek, who needed to beat LeClair by 30 pins to win, was in contention until he suffered a ninth-frame split. His 218 final game was enough to keep him in second place by seven pins over Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y.

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas and Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., won PBA50 Regional events in a Southwest Region doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, in a match of major PBA title holders, Scroggins, the 2009 U.S. Open and 2005 USBC Masters champion, defeated 1998 PBA Tournament of Champions victor Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 280-235, to win his first PBA50 title since turning 50 in March.

On Sunday, Greiner advanced from third place in the final position round match with a 278 game to vault past previous Junction City champion Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo. Dias held a 46-pin lead over Goebel and was 77 pins ahead of Greiner going into last game of the round-robin match play. Dias lost to Goebel, 217-203, but his two strikes in the 10th frame allowed him to hang on to second place.

● With the PBA World Series of Bowling VI looming at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 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.; the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., 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

● 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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