PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame to Cover Events in Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana

by Bill Vint July 24, 2014 04:16

PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, is continually adding events to provide PBA fans and competitors with more media coverage.

Xtra Frame has recently added three events to its live coverage schedule, and others are under consideration in addition to previously-announced coverage of all remaining PBA50 Tour events.

New to the schedule will be the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Region Invitational from

Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 5-7; the PBA Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Region Open from Diamond Jo Casino Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13-14; and the PBA Heritage Lanes Central Region Open from Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 18-19. The Dubuque tournament is the second of the PBA Midwest Region’s three PBA Women’s Regional series events.

Also on the Xtra Frame calendar will be live start-to-finish coverage of one of the most prestigious PBA Regional tournaments of the year – the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 2-3. The East Region “super regional” will offer a $15,000 first prize, and has expanded its qualifying format to three squads to accommodate more players.

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

All of the PBA50, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional events have consequences in determining the eight competition points leaders who will advance to the live Xtra Frame PBA50 Finals, PBA Regional Finals and PBA Women’s Regional Finals roll-offs during World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in October. The top two players emerging from each of the eight-game match play qualifiers will advance to the PBA Challenge finals on ESPN.

To follow the competition as it unfolds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99. A full-year subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link to enroll. For complete schedule details, visit pba.com and click on the appropriate event under the Schedules tab.

PBA SOUTH, MIDWEST WOMEN’S SERIES DATES UPDATED

Two events on the new PBA Women’s Regional series have been updated. The PBA South Region will host the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C., Aug. 22-24, instead of the previously announced tournament in Franklin, Va., in October, and the Midwest Region’s Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa, will be held Sept. 13-14 instead of the previously announced dates of Sept. 20-21.

FAGAN, BOHR HELP U.S. QUALIFY FOR PAN AM GAMES FINALS

PBA and Team USA members Mike Fagan of Dallas and Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, helped the United States qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games bowling competition in Toronto with a strong performance during the Pan American Sports Festival in Puebla, Mexico, last week.

Fagan and Bohr helped the U.S. dominate national all-events with a combined total of 10,572 pins for 48 games of men’s and women’s doubles, singles and mixed doubles competition. The Team USA women who participated in Mexico were Kayla Johnson of Washington, Ill., and Sarah Lokker of New Baltimore, Mich.

In addition to Pan Am Games qualifying, medals were awarded in the individual events. Fagan and Bohr won the silver medal in men’s doubles, Bohr and Lokker won gold in mixed doubles while Fagan and Johnson claimed the silver medal, and Fagan and Bohr swept the top two spots in men’s singles. Fagan also won gold in the Men’s Masters while Bohr finished third for a bronze medal.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: HARTUNG WINS FIRST TITLE IN FISHERS

Chris Hartung of Goshen, Ind., defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 224-222, to win $2,400 and his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Track Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., on Sunday, July 20.

Hartung, who is now eligible to participate in the 2015 PBA Tournament of Champions, downed Brandon Novak of Chillicothe Ohio, 445-381, while McCune topped Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 473-396, in the two-game, total pinfall semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Amateur Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., returned from the USBC Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., where he earned a berth on Junior Team USA 2015, to defeat Shea Bittenbender of St. Charles, Mo., 235-209, in the title match of the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open in St. Charles, Mo., Sunday.

Sherman won his first PBA Regional tournament and earned $2,000, but he does not get credit for a PBA title because he is not a member. Sherman defeated Charles Nelson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 245-177, while Bittenbender edged Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 222-212, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. Nelson and Bittenbender also are amateurs.

Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. defeated top qualifier Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 277-236, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday and claim his 16th career PBA Regional title along with a $2,500 first prize.

LeClair posted an 8-3-1 match play record to qualify fourth for the stepladder finals. After dispatching Ken Yokobosky of Fredon, N.J., 224-214, LeClair romped past Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 279-212, before defeating O’Neill.

Nick Morgan of Sacramento, Calif. and Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. defeated Terry Leong of Henderson, Nev. and Johnny Petraglia Jr. of Las Vegas, 502-419, to win the PBA West\Northwest Region Sands Regency Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev., Sunday. Morgan and Porter each earned their second regional titles and split a $3,400 first prize.

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

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

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

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 06:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballard celebrated his 51st birthday on July 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BEASLEY WINS SOUTHWEST SUPER REGIONAL IN LUBBOCK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES:

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

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Pete Weber Wins Fourth “Best Bowler” ESPY Award

by Bill Vint July 17, 2014 03:23

LOS ANGELES – PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., won his fourth Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday during the 22nd annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Weber was the leading vote-getter among Best Bowler candidates Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott and Sean Rash, who attended the event with his wife Sara and father Gene Rash. ESPN awards for a variety of sports categories and special moments are determined by fan voting on espn.com.

Weber, who previously won the Best Bowler ESPY in 2002, 2004 and 2013, won after completing the PBA’s Triple Crown for a second time, winning the USBC Senior Masters title – a PBA50 Tour major – and earning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.

“It’s not necessarily based on whoever did the best bowling because Belmo should have won, hands down,” Weber said. “But that just goes to show I have more fans around the world than he does.

“That said, it’s absolutely a nice thing,” he added. “I’m honored, I’m humbled, I’m grateful, all of the above. It’s neat to see I actually do have that many fans.”

HISTORY OF BEST BOWLER ESPY AWARD WINNERS

2014 – Pete Weber
2013 – Pete Weber
2012 – Sean Rash
2011 – Jason Belmonte
2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2009 – Norm Duke
2008 – Norm Duke
2007 – Norm Duke
2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2004 – Pete Weber
2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2002 – Pete Weber
2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2000 – Parker Bohn III
1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1997 – Bob Learn Jr.
1996 – Mike Aulby
1995 – Norm Duke
1994 – Norm Duke

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

by Bill Vint July 9, 2014 07:35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONGOOSE PRODUCTS BECOMES PBA REGISTERED PRODUCT COMPANY

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

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

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

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: JULY SCHEDULE HEATS UP THIS WEEKEND

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

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

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

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

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES:

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Supports Future Stars in 2014 Teen Masters Grand Championships

by Bill Vint July 2, 2014 06:15

The PBA has thrown its support behind the Teen Masters Grand Championships, currently underway at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a field of 186 high school-age boys and 91 girls. The U.S. Open-format tournament, conducted on demanding Sport Bowling-compliant lane conditions, continues through Sunday. Live scoring throughout the event will be available on pba.com.

PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk Von Krueger is serving as tournament director. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and eight-time PBA Tour titlist John Mazza were guest speakers.

“The PBA is proud to support for one of the greatest events in bowling for young players who are the future stars and leaders of our sport,” Clark said.

In addition to providing a PBA-caliber test on the lanes for these young players, all Teen Masters players are required to dress like professionals in High 5 Gear shirts and they are limited to using PBA Skill Balls 2.0 and 3.0 as the only bowling balls they can use in competition. The bowling ball restriction, which is unique to the Teen Masters, places the focus on the bowler’s skills rather than his or her equipment. The Teen Masters is owned and operated by Killer B Promotions.

The winners of the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Teen Masters Grand Championships will earn trips to the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas where they will bowl for the overall Teen Masters Grand Championship as part of the new Champion’s Challenge telecast on ESPN.

XTRA FRAME ADDS EASTERN “SUPER REGIONAL” TO VIDEO STREAMING LINEUP

In addition to live coverage of the final four PBA50 Tour events of the 2014 season, PBA’s online video streaming service will provide live start-to-finish coverage of one of the most prestigious PBA Regional tournaments of the year – the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 2-3.

The East Region “super regional” will offer a $15,000 first prize, and has expanded its qualifying format to three squads to accommodate more players. For details, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the Schedules tab.

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour resumes July 17-23 with coverage of the new PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, presented by Storm, followed by the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite, from Fort Wayne, Ind. Xtra Frame will next cover the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, from Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio.

Following the weekend trek to Delaware, PBA50 coverage continues with the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., before wrapping up the 2014 season with the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

The PBA is in the process of finalizing Xtra Fame coverage of selected PBA Regional events in September and October before Xtra Frame subscribers are treated to extensive qualifying and match play round coverage from PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

Xtra Frame subscriptions are $64.99 for a full year, or $7.99 for one month. In addition to live coverage, XF subscribers have access to an extensive library of past PBA tournament finals, interviews, new product introductions, coaching tips and more.

BOHN, DUKE, BARNES POISED TO MOVE UP ON PBA TV APPEARANCES LIST

It’ll be a long time before any player challenges Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s record for the most PBA Tour television appearances, but three players are in position to improve their positions among the all-time leaders.

Williams, who dominates the PBA record book in a number of categories, holds the all-time TV appearance record with 174 appearances in PBA Tour events. He has a 40-telecast lead over runner-up Pete Weber, who has appeared on 134 TV shows. The late Earl Anthony is third with 114.

Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke both have a chance to catch Anthony. Bohn currently has 112 appearances and Duke is fifth with 109. Marshall Holman is the only other player with 100 or more appearances, sitting in sixth with 105.

Rounding out the top 10 are Amleto Monacelli with 95 TV shows, Mark Roth with 93, Mike Aulby with 88 and Brian Voss with 83. Chris Barnes, with 82, needs one more show to tie Voss for 10th place. The list includes only television shows in which PBA Tour singles titles were awarded. PBA doubles, PBA50 and special events such as PBA League, King of the Swing, World Bowling Tour, etc., don’t count as official PBA Tour television appearances.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: FAGAN, MILLER WIN IN FEDERAL WAY

● Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game 4,539 pinfall total Sunday to win his second PBA Northwest/West Region title in the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open at Secoma Lanes.

Fagan, who earned $2,500, defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., by 23 pins for the title. Shafer had a 7-5 match play record and 4,516 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 10-2 and knocked down 4,725 total pins to top Tracy Teeters of Salem, Ore., for his third PBA50 Northwest/West Regional title. Teeters had an 8-4 match play record and 4,404 pins for his 20 games.

● University of Kansas bowler Dylan Burns of Garden City, Kan., defeated Mike Keily of Golden, Colo., 228-213, to win the second annual PBA Lakewood Southwest Open at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., Sunday. Burns earned $2,500 for the victory.

Jeff Schrum of Cherryville, N.C., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 212-192, to win the third annual PBA50 Winston-Salem South Open at Northside Lanes in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday. Schrum earned $1,500 along with his fifth PBA Regional title.

Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va. defeated 2013 PBA East Rookie of the Year Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 199-184, to win the PBA Fort Meade Eastern Challenge presented by Roto Grip on Saturday at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event. Along with his first PBA title, Arehart earned $1,500.

Dean Mueller of Vernon Hills, Ill. defeated Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, 214-178, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge Open at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday. Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.  Along with his first PBA Regional title, Mueller earned $1,500.

● PBA’s regional program hits full stride in July with the introduction of the first international regional events in Japan and the first PBA Women’s Regional events in addition to traditional tournaments.

First up are the PBA Japan Women’s Cheetah Open and the PBA Japan Cheetah Open at Tokyo Port Bowl in Tokyo, July 5-6.

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

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

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

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES:

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

Brendan Gaughan, the 38-year-old son of South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa owner Michael Gaughan, posted his first NASCAR win in 10 years when he drove his South Point-sponsored Chevy Camaro to victory in the Gardner Denver 200 Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on June 28. Gaughan, the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year, races full-time on the Nationwide circuit. South Point has served as the host facility for the PBA World Series of Bowling since 2010.

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