Nine Days Later, Josh Blanchard Wins Second PBA Tour Title in Maine Shootout

by Bill Vint March 31, 2015 12:55

PORTLAND, Maine  – Nine days after winning his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in Germany, Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., made it back-to-back titles, winning the PBA’s Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the best-of-three-game title match.

The Maine Shootout, the first PBA Tour event held in Maine, was a best-of-three-game, single-elimination match play tournament that was covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Blanchard, fresh off his first career win in the Brunswick Euro Challenge, won five consecutive best-of-three-game matches, including a stunning Round of 64 decision over Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, on his way to the title. In his first match, Malott won the first game, 270-202, but the 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year then rallied for consecutive 258-256 victories to begin his march to the title. He then eliminated Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2-0; Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 2-0; Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., 2-0, and Osku Palermaa of Finland, 2-0, to reach the title match against the two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year where he won the first game, 243-180, lost the second, 204-234, and started with six strikes en route to a 249-211 in the deciding game..

“I just decided to stop trying to hook the ball,” Blanchard said of his career-changing strategy. “I decided I just don’t have the ball rotation to hook the ball with these guys, so I went back to playing it straight, and I think I’ll keep doing it for awhile.”

For his victory, Blanchard earned $10,000 and he denied Belmonte a third 2015 title.

The PBA Tour will resume competition May 9-17 in Shawnee, Okla., with Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort PBA Summer Swing at Firelake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Event Center. The Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open titles will be decided, along with a King of the Swing special event. Preliminary rounds will be covered line on Xtra Frame and the finals of all five events will air on CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced.

PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 31

Championship
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. ($10,000) def. Jason Belmonte, Australia ($6,000), 2-1 (243-180, 204-234, 249-211).

Semifinal Round (best of three games, losers earned $4,000)
Blanchard def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2-0 (255-247, 245-204).
Belmonte def. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-1 (191-214, 226-198, 220-168).

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers earned $2,500)
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2-0 (214-209, 234-219).
Osku Palermaa, Finland, def. Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2-1 (226-235, 242-225, 200-138).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2-0 (257-201, 257-192).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2-0 (214-193, 257-201).

Round of 16 (best of three games, losers earned $1,500)
Smallwood def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2-0 (279-247, 207-191).
MacLelland def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2-1 (237-258, 258-247, 195-177).
Palermaa def. Scott Moore, Lewiston, Maine, 2-0 (226-224, 212-191).
Wodka def. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2-0 (259-222, 235-231).
Blanchard def. Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2-0 (211-183, 217-183).
Smith def. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2-0 (221-181, 232-208).
Belmonte def. Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 2-0 (191-171, 237-211).
Daugherty def. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2-0 (245-190, 249-218).

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16 Survivors Advance to Tuesday’s PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout Final Rounds

by Bill Vint March 30, 2015 14:05

PORTLAND, Maine – Sixteen players survived the opening two rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Monday, but four PBA Hall of Famers and four former PBA Players of the Year were sidelined in the first best-of-three-game, single-elimination matches.

The Maine Shootout, the first-ever PBA Tour event held in Maine, ends Tuesday when the 16 players who advanced from Monday’s competition will continue to bowl best-of-three matches until a winner is decided. All of the competition will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

In Monday’s opening round, four PBA Hall of Famers were eliminated in 2-0 matches: Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., toppled Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., ousted Parker Bohn of Jackson, N.J., 2-0; amateur Terrence Robinson of Gray, Maine, knocked out 47-time PBA Tour titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., swept Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli.

Former PBA Players of the Year also were eliminated, including Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who was stunned by Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz. After beating Blanchard in game one, 270-202, Blanchard won back-to-back 258-256 decisions over Malott. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., threw the day’s only 300 game on his way to a 2-1 verdict over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Tim Mack of Indianapolis stepped in for PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who withdrew due to a back injury, and dispatched Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 2-0, and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., swept Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 2-0.

Local favorite Scott Moore, an amateur from Gray, Maine, eliminated another former PBA Player of the Year, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 2-1, in the Round of 32. The final two PBA Players of the Year – two-time reigning POY Jason Belmonte of Australia and former POY Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. – each won their first two matches and advanced to Tuesday’s Round of 16.

PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 30 (all times Eastern)

Round of 32 (best of three games, single-elimination match play; winners advance to Round of 16, losers each earned $1,000)
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2-0 (216-190, 235-218).
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2-0 (201-189, 262-247).
Shawn Maldonado, Houston, def. John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2-1 (256-182, 185-199, 227-179).
Dan MacLelland, Canada, def. Terrence Robinson, Gray, Maine, 2-1 (228-181, 213-224, 232-187).
Osku Palermaa, Finland, def. Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2-1 (212-247, 268-225, 185-182).
Scott Moore, Lewiston, Maine, def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2-1 (236-213, 224-232, 208-195).
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-0 (191-157, 236-168).
Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, def. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2-1 (234-279, 288-213, 243-235).
Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2-1 (268-223, 225-259, 204-169).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2-0 (248-178, 196-139).
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2-0 (232-164, 224-202).
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., def. Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2-0 (205-197, 233-192).
Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., def. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2-0 (243-207, 227-208).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2-0 (181-140, 265-255).
Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 2-1 (226-226, 221-175, 232-220).
Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2-0 (214-203, 216-205).

Round of 64 (best of three games, losers eliminated)
Russell def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2-1 (217-218, 264-203, 233-187).
Sterner def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0 (212-196, 222-208).
Blanchard def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1 (202-270, 258-256, 258-256).
Ostrander def. Stuart Williams, England, 2-0 (257-178, 221-182).
Tackett def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-1 (213-244, 300-224, 246-236).
Mack def. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2-0 (236-206, 242-161).
Smith def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-1 (205-254, 215-201, 233-222).
Faulkner def. Jeremy Allen, Augusta, Maine, 2-0 (214-206, 210-149).
Nidiffer def. Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 2-1 (195-188, 200-217, 234-184).
Pepe def. Jimmy Clark, Topsham, Maine, 2-0 (259-258, 229-223).
Graham def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-0 (207-191, 227-200).
Smallwood def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2-1 (208-204, 209-212, 237-213).
Szczerbinski def. Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (207-165, 235-133).
Maldonado def. Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 2-0 (217-213, 227-188).
MacLelland def. Richard Campbell, Phippsburg, Maine, 2-0 (219-166, 203-188).
Robinson def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2-0 (219-203, 234-194).
Malone def. Dom Barrett, England, 1-1 (225-191, 190-199).
Norton def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-0 (191-146, 251-181).
Belmonte def. Tony Fernandez, Gorham, Maine, 2-0 (226-155, 213-199).
Shafer def. William Vidulich, Parsippany, NJ, 2-0 (224-135, 241-181).
Haines def. Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 2-1 (277-231, 194-221, 258-227).
Daugherty def. Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2-0 (197-162, 222-222).
Ciminelli def. Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y., 2-0 (204-198, 280-173).
P. Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2-0 (247-191, 179-177).
Page def. Stephen Babb, Augusta, Maine, 2-0 (245-144, 211-199).
Palermaa def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2-0 (214-175, 220-185).
Rash def. Aaron Thiboutot, Brunswick, Maine, 2-1 (169-196, 235-149, 236-227).
Moore def. Sav Telesco, Stamford, Conn., 2-0 (186-179, 203-190).
Paluszek def. Justin Rollins, Sidney, Maine, 2-0 (191-150, 203-172).
Edwards def. Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 2-0 (224-158, 229-169).
Hess def. Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 2-1 (233-247, 238-205, 236-221).
Wodka def. Nicholas Wells, Newburgh, N.Y., 2-0 (221-158, 198-174).
  x-Mack replaced Norm Duke who withdrew due to injury.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31
10 a.m. – Round of 16 Squad A pairings (best-of-three-games; winners advance to Round of 8, losers earn $1,500 each)
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., vs. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
Shawn Maldonado, Houston, vs. Dan MacLelland, Canada.
Osku Palermaa, Finland, vs. Scott Moore, Lewiston, Maine.
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., vs. Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio.

11:30 a.m. – Round of 16 Squad B pairings (best-of-three-games; winners advance to Round of 8, losers earn $1,500 each)
Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., vs. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., vs. Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., vs. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

2 p.m. – Round of 8 (four best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Semifinal Round)
6 p.m. – Semifinal Round (two best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Championship Match)
7:30 p.m. – Championship Match (best-of-three-games)

300 Game: EJ Tackett.

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Pairings Set for PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

by Jerry Schneider March 29, 2015 12:24

PORTLAND, Maine - The Professional Bowlers Association’s Maine Event at Bayside Bowl continues Monday and Tuesday with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, a best-of-three-game single-elimination singles match play tournament that will be covered exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The Maine Shootout will involve 64 players who will bowl in four consecutive rounds of eight matches in the Round of 64 starting at 9 a.m. ET. Pairings were based on a random draw Sunday night. The Round of 64 winners will advance to two rounds of eight matches in the Round of 32 Monday starting at 6 p.m.

Competition continues with two rounds of four matches in the Round of 16, starting at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, followed by a Round of 8, a semifinal round and a championship match on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will earn $10,000 and a PBA Tour title.

The Maine Shootout will be part of hundreds of hours of PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and regional action in 2015 available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers at a monthly rate of $7.99, or for a 12-month XF Season Ticket price of only $64.99 (less than $5.50 per month). Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for complete details. Extensive coverage of all PBA activities also will be available through the PBA Network (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, PBA.com and more).

PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Monday, March 30

9 a.m. – Round of 64 (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)

1 – Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.
Vs. 64 – Martin Larsen, Sweden
32 – Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga.
Vs. 33 – Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.
17 – Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
Vs. 48 – Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
16 – Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J.
Vs. 49 – Stuart Williams, England
9 – E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind.
Vs. 56 – Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
24 – Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
Vs. 41 – Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.
25 – Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio
Vs. 40 – Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
8 – Jeremy Allen, Augusta, Maine,
Vs. 57 – Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

11 a.m. – Round of 64 (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)

2 – Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich.
Vs. 63 – Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J.
34 – Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.
Vs. 31 – Jimmy Clark, Upsham, Maine
18 – Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa.
Vs. 47 – Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.
50 – Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
Vs. 15 – Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
10 – John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
Vs. 55 – Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine
42 – Shawn Maldonado, Houston
Vs. 23 – Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn.
26 – Richard Campbell, Phippsburg, Maine
Vs. 39 – Dan MacLelland, Canada
58 – Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.
Vs. 7 – Terrence Robinson, Gray, Maine


1:30 p.m. – Round of 64 (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)

6 – Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y.
Vs. 59 – Dom Barrett, England
38 – Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Vs. 27 – Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
22 – Jason Belmonte, Australia
Vs. 43 – Tony Fernandez, Gorham, Maine
54 – Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.
Vs. 11 – William Vidulich, Parsippany, N.J.
14 – Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y.
Vs. 51 – Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I.
46 – Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix
Vs. 19 – Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
30 – Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Vs. 35 – Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y.
62 – Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
Vs. 3 – Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

3:30 p.m. – Round of 64 (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)

5 – Stephen Babb, Augusta, Maine
Vs. 60 – Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla.
28 – Osku Palermaa, Finland
Vs. 37 – Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.
21 – Aaron Thiboutot, Brunswick, Maine
Vs. 44 – Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.
12 – Sav Telesco, Stamford, Conn.
Vs. 53 – Scott Moore, Lewiston, Maine
13 – Justin Rollins, Sidney, Maine
Vs. 52 – Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.
20 – Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass.
Vs. 45 – Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.
29 – Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa
Vs. 36 – Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif.
4 – Nicholas Wells, Newburgh, N.Y.
Vs. 61 – Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio

 
Monday’s Round of 32 Schedule
6 p.m. – Round of 32, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
8 p.m. – Round of 32, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
 
Tuesday, March 31
10 a.m. – Round of 16, round one (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, round two (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
2 p.m. – Round of 8 (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Semifinal Round)
6 p.m.– Semifinal Round (2 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Championship Match)
7:30 p.m. – Championship Match (best-of-three-games)

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BROOKLYN STyLES, Silver Lake Atom Splitters Advance to PBA League Semifinal Round

by Bill Vint March 29, 2015 11:00

PORTLAND, Maine – With a sold-out crowd cheering loudly throughout the competition, the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES and Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters each won a one-ball sudden-death roll-off at Bayside Bowl to advance to the semifinal round of the PBA League Elias Cup playoffs.

The opening round of PBA League competition aired Sunday on ESPN.

Bowling in the state of Maine for the first time in PBA history, and in a 12-lane bowling center converted into a two-lane arena for the PBA League team competition, a raucous, fun-loving crowd of bowling fans cheered non-stop throughout two best-of-two-game team matches, both of which were decided by one pin in one-ball roll-offs.

In the first match, the 2013 Elias Cup champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, anchored by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, struggled to a 182-171 victory over the STyLES in a game marred by four missed single-pin spare conversion attempts between the two teams.

“That was a display of spare shooting like you’ve never seen before,” STyLES anchor bowler Parker Bohn III said sarcastically. But the STyLES found the pocket in game two, putting together strings of three strikes three times to win, 247-148, and send the match into sudden-death where Bohn’s strike beat Weber’s nine-count.

“That shot was for the entire team,” Bohn said of his winning strike. “My teammates put their trust in me and I was able to come through.”

“I thought that shot would be flush in the pocket,” Weber said of the 7 pin he left in the roll-off, “but it just kept going.”

In the second match, the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters couldn’t put two strikes back-to-back, but they bowled an otherwise flawless game to win the first game, 192-179. The key to the win was Mika Koivuniemi’s rare 2-8-10 split conversion which energized his team, and proved especially important when the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen caught fire, running away to a 265-205 win in game two to force the roll-off.

The defending Elias Cup champion Atom Splitters moved on to the semifinal round when Hitmen anchor Rhino Page left the 4-7 on his first shot, and Atom Splitters’ anchor Dick Allen left only a 10 pin for the 9-8 win.

“I make the 2-8-10 a few times a year,” Koivuniemi said of his pivotal shot, “but I’ve never made it on TV. I was trying to make it by throwing the 2 pin into the 10 and hoping it would bounce across. That’s what happened, but it’s always lucky to make it. It kind of took (the Hitmen’s) hopes away.”

The atmosphere in Maine was unique, with fans cheered loudly and music blaring in the background throughout the competition, and the players loved the high level of enthusiasm.

“It was electrifying to the max,” Bohn said. “We used to bowl in an arena in Erie, Pennsylvania with 4,000 noisy fans, but that was nothing compared to this. I think the people in Erie could hear the fans in Maine.”

“It was really fun,” Weber added. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Never.”

The third and fourth quarterfinal matches in the PBA League series will air next Sunday on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET when the HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, led by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, meet the Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke. The fourth quarterfinal match is between Detroit’s Barbasol Motown Muscle, led by 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett, vs. Wheaties L.A. X, led by two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte.

The four quarterfinal round winners will advance to the semifinal round on ESPN on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. ET. The semifinal round winners will bowl for the Elias Cup in a single, doubles, trios and Baker team finale on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP PLAYOFFS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 28

Quarterfinal Match One (best-of-two-game Baker team format)
Game One: GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (Amleto Monacelli, DJ Archer, Scott Norton, Mike Fagan, Pete Weber) def. Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner, Tom Smallwood, Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III), 182-171.

Game Two: STyLES def. KingPins, 247-148.

One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: STyLES (Parker Bohn III) def. KingPins (Pete Weber), 10-9.

Quarterfinal Match Two (best-of-two-game Baker team format)
Game One: Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen) def. High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen (Ryan Shafer, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Dom Barrett, Rhino Page), 192-179.

Game Two: Hitmen def. Atom Splitters, 265-205.

One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: Atom Splitters (Dick Allen) def. Hitmen (Rhino Page), 9-8.

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PBA Spare Shots: Entries Open April 1 for PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing

by Bill Vint March 26, 2015 04:00

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 maryvk@pba.com 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.

QUICK NOTES

● 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.

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