Entries into the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17, will open to the PBA general membership on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, April 1. A capacity field of 120 players is expected for the multi-event summer series.
For a $750 entry fee, players will be entered into the PBA Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments, plus they will be eligible to advance to the King of the Swing special event if they qualify during the tournament. All five events will be televised by CBS Sports Network; broadcast dates and times will be announced later.
The third annual Summer Swing offers 18 cashing spots and a $10,000 first prize for the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens – all of which will be contested on special “animal pattern” lane conditions. Based on combined qualifying pinfall totals for those three events, 40 players will cash in the Oklahoma Open, which will pay $20,000 to the winner. The King of the Swing will include the winners of those four events plus a “wild card” player, and will pay a top prize of $10,000. Complete tournament details are listed on pba.com under the “schedules” tab.
Entries must be submitted to Mary von Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her: 206-332-9688.
The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort is offering a discounted $89 room rate to the PBA Summer Swing bowlers. Reservations can be made online at www.grandresortok.com/hotel/. When booking your room, enter the code 150508PBA in the Group Code under “Advanced Options.”
BOHN, RASH ACHIEVE ELITE PBA MILLIONAIRE MILESTONES
The most current statistical analysis of PBA players shows PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., has joined Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Norm Duke as the fourth player in PBA history to surpass $3 million in career earnings.
With his 34th career victory in the PBA Players Championship, Bohn increased his career earnings to $3,000,056. Williams, the only player to exceed $4 million in PBA earnings, is currently at $4,580,444 followed by Weber at $3,825,313 and Duke at $3,188,263.
Also reaching a career milestone is Sean Rash who recently cracked the $1 million barrier and currently ranks 41st ($1,048,976). Rash, 32, made the elite club over a span of 278 PBA Tour events in his seven-year career and is one of 44 PBA “millionaires.”
Chris Barnes ($2,317,949) has moved past Amleto Monacelli ($2,289,389) into sixth place on the all-time earnings list, and Mika Koivuniemi has moved into the top 10 with $1,900,311, bumping Jason Couch ($1,791,702) into 11th place.
BARRETT, KULICK RETAIN LEADS IN WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS
After three weeks of World Bowling Tour competition in Qatar, Bahrain and Germany, England's Dom Barrett and the Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., maintained their positions at the top of the rolling two-year WBT points standings. Both took part in all three events.
Barrett leads the men's rankings with 608 points after earning one point in Qatar, eight in Bahrain and 20 in Germany. Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, is second with 564 points followed by Australian Jason Belmonte with 549 points.
Kulick extended her lead after picking up 25 points in Qatar, 15 in Bahrain and 40 in Germany. With 638 points, she’s comfortably ahead of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (526), and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., who picked up 100 points over the three events to make her first appearance in the top three with 433 points.
The top three men and three women on the WBT points lists will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, during PBA World Series of Bowling VII next fall at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The next event on the WBT schedule is the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing’s PBA Oklahoma Open in Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17.
“PHILADELPHIA HITMEN” VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL COMPLETE PBA LEAGUE SET
The eighth and final PBA League “virtual” bowling ball will be introduced into Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 26) when the Philadelphia Hitmen-logoed ball joins the lineup for gaming play for PBA Bowling Challenge players. Balls already available include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Motown Muscle, L.A. X and BROOKLYN STyLES. The final virtual ball will be introduced just ahead of the start of PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
PBA League virtual balls are in play for the more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHR WINS 19TH REGIONAL TITLE IN ODESSA
Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, turned back amateur Chris Kaiser, 258-172, to claim his 19th PBA Regional title Sunday in the fourth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl. Bohr started the championship match with a spare followed by seven strikes to coast to the $2,500 winner’s check.
Bohr, who finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place, received a bye to the best-of-three-game Round of 12 where he started his road to victory by edging West Texas State amateur Tyler Albracht, 2-1, eliminating Albracht, 20-18, in a two-frame roll-off to win the deciding game. Bohr then eliminated PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado of Houston and qualifying leader Clint Land of Richmond, Texas, in the semifinal round, 220-177.
● PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., 265-175, 257-205, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 33rd overall PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Fayetteville Southern Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday. Baker earned $1,600.
● Mike Danielson of Portland, Ore., defeated Brian Tinsley of Medford, Ore., 237-218, to win his fifth regional title and $2,000 in the PBA Northwest/West DV8 Open at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass, Ore., Sunday.
● Top qualifier Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 199-193, to win the PBA Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 for his first PBA Regional title at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, Sunday. Jordon earned $2,500.
● Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., defeated Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 269-216, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes in Elmira, N.Y., Sunday, for a $2,500 first prize and his 25th career regional title.
● Curt Aemisegger of Wauconda, Ill., defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 276-228, to win the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., on Saturday. It was Aemisegger’s third career PBA regional title and earned him a $1,500 first prize.
● Wrapping up the March regional calendar over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.
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.
● Correction: The Malaysian bowler who finished second to Josh Blanchard in the Brunswick Euro Challenge is Sin Li Jane, not Li Jane Sin as noted in the PBA release. Our apologies for the confusion over her name.
● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.