With more than two months to go before GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII gets underway at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., the annual multi-championship event has already tied its record for international representation with 21 different countries entered, and is virtually assured that record will fall soon.
As of September 15, entries have been received from bowlers in Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela in addition to the United States. A number of entries from China are pending, which will raise the country total to 22 after they are confirmed.
Since its inception in 2009, bowlers from 39 different countries have been represented in at least one PBA World Series.
WSOB VII will include the PBA Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – all title events that are also qualifying rounds as part of the PBA World Championship. The entry fee for WSOB VII is $1,000 for members and $1,200 for non-members. The field is limited to 312 players. Players must have a reservation confirmation number for a room at the Silver Legacy at the time of entry. Silver Legacy is offering a special room rate of $49.99 for single and double occupancy for WSOB VII. Call 800-687-8733 or visit www.silverlegacyreno.com and use the code WSOB15 when making reservations.
After making a reservation, bowlers may submit entries to PBA Membership Services Manager Mary von Krueger (email: email@example.com; cell: 206-332-9688).
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2015 TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 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 2015 calendar year.
PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were the winners of the Reyes award for 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The postmark deadline for nominations will be Monday, Dec. 21. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2015 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners early in 2016.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone. The nomination form is available on pba.com: (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/forms/TonyReyes_App_2015.pdf)
NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: PBA SHOOTOUT, IOWA MIDWEST OPEN
PBA action returns to Xtra Frame on Sunday, Oct. 4, with the Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 10-11, where a projected $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.
The Iowa Midwest Open is the final Xtra Frame event leading into the PBA Fall Classic, a multi-event Xtra Frame extravaganza hosted by South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas beginning Oct. 19. During the Fall Classic, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds Oct. 19-20, start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 21-22, and the new PBA Team Challenge, Oct. 24-25.
Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire August package with a full month Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
CONNECTICUT BOWLERS GET A CHANCE TO BOWL WITH NORM DUKE, PETE WEBER
Bowlers in the Milford, Conn., area will have an opportunity to not only learn inside tips from two of the greatest PBA bowlers in history, Norm Duke and Pete Weber, but a select few also will get a chance to bowl in a “legends Baker team match” with the two PBA stars.
Duke and Weber will host two Next Level Bowling clinics at AMF Milford Lanes on Saturday, Sept. 26. Session one begins at 8:45 a.m. and the second session starts at 2 p.m. Participation, for $85 per person, will include on-lane instruction, video analysis, expert grip analysis, a chance to try the newest Storm and Roto Grip balls, and more. Eight clinic participants from Session One will be invited to bowl in the Baker team match, pairing up with Duke and Weber as anchor bowlers on their respective teams.
Enrollment is limited. To sign up, visit nextlevelbowling.com and click on the registration link: http://nextlevelbowling.com/index.php?option=com_registrationpro&Itemid=165&view=event&did=37
PBA MODERN CLASSICS LIBRARY ON YOUTUBE
Coming soon to the PBA Modern Classics collection will be the 2001 Great Lakes Classic from Grand Rapids, Mich., where Pete Weber bowled a 299 game on his way to the title…and unveiled his signature “crotch chop” on national television.
Now available in the PBA Modern Classics collection is the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship from Reno, Nev., where Patrick Allen ran the table, winning the title when PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. left a pocket 8-10 split in the 10th frame:
You’ll find the complete collection of classic PBA Tour telecasts in the PBA Modern Classics Library on YouTube, with new telecasts being added on a regular basis: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHN ROLLS THREE 300S, REGAINS PBA PERFECT GAME LEAD
Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., rolled his third perfect game of the weekend to defeat Ernie Segura Jr. of Taylor, Mich., 300-191, in winning the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open presented by Radical at Howell Lanes Sunday.
With his three perfect games, Bohn regained the all-time PBA 300 game lead with 104, breaking a tie with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., who has 101 300 games bowled in PBA competition.
Bohn, who began his career at Howell Lanes, dominated the field, averaging 267 in qualifying. Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., qualified second but trailed Bohn by 286 pins after qualifying. Segura qualified third while another hometown favorite, PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, qualified fourth. While Segura was edging LeClair, 211-191, in the semifinal round, Bohn outscored Petraglia, 257-235, after Petraglia opened in the 10th frame.
Bohn earned $1,500 for his first PBA50 Regional title and his 24th overall PBA Regional title.
● Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, overcame Mike Scroggins’ 146-pin lead with three games to go to win his third consecutive PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the second annual McAlester Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 Sunday at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester, Okla.
Along with his sixth PBA regional title, the Houston two-handed player won the $2,500 first prize.
In overtaking Scroggins, a veteran lefthander from Amarillo, Texas, Maldonado won seven of his eight matches and used a 300 game in game six to narrow Scroggins’ lead. By winning game seven, 236-204 over Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas while Scroggins was losing, Maldonado took a 49-pin lead going into position round. Maldonado then defeated Scroggins, 208-196, while Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, rolled the event’s third 300 game to climb past Scroggins into second place. Maldonado finished with a 21-game total of 5,229 pins, including match play bonus pins, while Castillo finished with a 5,148 total.
Southwest Region competition points leader, Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, finished eighth to maintain his lead over Joe Findling of Greenville, Texas, who finished 11th. Maldonado moved into third place with two events to go. Each PBA Regional points leader as of September 30 will earn an entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling and a spot in the PBA Regional Challenge.
● Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. nipped E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by a single pin, 228-227, to win the PBA Moon City Central Classic presented at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday. In addition to his ninth career PBA Regional title, Ciminelli also earned $3,000.
Ciminelli defeated J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., 299-216, to advance to the championship match after eliminating Brandon Korczykowski of East Amherst, N.Y., 247-218, in the opening stepladder match.
● Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., by 109 pins to win the second annual PBA60 Kingsport South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., on Thursday, Sept. 10.
McMahan, who finished second in the inaugural Warpath Lanes event in 2014, went 7-2-3 over 12 games of match play, finishing with a 4,877 pinfall total and completed his run to the title with a 215-207 win over Baker in position round to win the $2,000 first prize.
● September is the final month of qualifying for men and women trying for berths in the PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge events which will be held as part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in December at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The top players in competition points in each of the PBA’s eight regions will earn paid entries into the World Series and they’ll compete for berths in the PBA Challenge Finals, which will be part of the PBA’s ESPN series originating from WSOB VII. For current points standings in each PBA region, click here (http://www.pba.com/Tours/Regional/) and then click on the region in question to find points standings.
● On tap over the Sept. 18-20 weekend are the Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/BW3’s/Nance Construction Central Open presented by MOTIV at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla.; the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes East Open presented by Brunswick in Fulton, N.Y.; the Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open at Brunswick Zone-Watauga, Texas, and the Sunday-only Budweiser Midwest Open at Diamond Jo Casino’s Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa.
● The Sept. 25-27 weekend is the final chance to earn PBA and PWBA Regional Challenge points for 2015. The schedule includes the PBA and PWBA-PBA Women’s Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas; the Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by MOTIV in Tavares, Fla.; the Monte Skeels Allstate and PWBA-PBA Women’s Midwest Open tournaments at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio,
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.