PBA Spare Shots: Pete Weber Makes Surprise Appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation

by Bill Vint September 24, 2014 08:50

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, visiting Los Angeles to “star” in an upcoming ESPN “This is Sports Center” commercial, was also invited to make a surprise appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation where he participated with hosts Michelle Beadle, Marcellus Wiley and Max Kellerman in a fan-interactive game called “That’s how I roll…”

The almost nine-minute segment closed with fans voting on which “meltdown” was the best: Weber’s classic “Who do you think you are? I am…” outburst after winning the 2012 U.S. Open, or Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon’s recent tirade after making an obscene gesture toward Phillies’ fans after blowing a save. Weber’s enthusiastic reaction after winning the U.S. Open was an easy winner. To watch the entire SportsNation appearance, use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzb8cngXuXo&list=UUy-taFzDCV-XcpTBa3pF68w

XTRA FRAME TO COVER 2015 TEEN MASTERS, COLLEGIATE MASTERS

The PBA Network has announced that Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive streaming video service, will cover the 2015 Teen Masters and 2015 Collegiate Masters in their entirety from the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas. Coverage of the Collegiate Masters is set for Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, and Teen Masters coverage will air Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3. Both events will be conducted by the PBA and will feature competition which limits each participant to the use of the PBA Skill 2.0 and 3.0 bowling balls.

To celebrate the partnership, a special package is available to competitors in both tournaments which includes:

● The PBA Skill 2.0 and 3.0 bowling balls;

● A one-year subscription to Xtra Frame;

● A one-year subscription to Bowlers Journal International;

● A $100 discount on a full-day private lesson at the Kegel Training Center in Sebring, Fla.

The package, valued at more than $300, is available now through December for only $199 at TeenMastersBowling.com and CollegiateMastersBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: TACKETT WINS FOURTH REGIONAL TITLE IN OHIO

E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 248-236, to win the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio, Sunday for a $2,500 first prize, his second PBA Central Region title of the 2014 season and his fourth career PBA Regional title.

The 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 242-169, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Tackett eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 201-181.

● PBA50 partner Ed Silva of Manteca, Calif., and Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz. posted a 7-1 match play record and a 16-game total of 7,649 pins Sunday to win the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Center West/Northwest Doubles hosted at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif.

With the win, Silva claimed his fourth overall PBA Regional title and Blanchard won his sixth. The winning doubles team shared a $3,000 first prize. Silva and Blanchard defeated Dale Eagle of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., by 105 pins for the title.

Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, dominated the finals field to win his 14th PBA Regional title – and first of the 2014 season – in the fourth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open Sunday at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Jensen, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s finals with a small lead over runner-up Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and C.J. Thomas from Shreveport, La. Bohr started the match play finals with a 290 game to momentarily grab the lead. Johnson then overtook Bohr with a 269 game, but Jensen regained the lead two games later and never relinquished. Winning six of his eight matches and tying another, Jensen finished with a 21-game total of 5,094 pins to top Bohr by 81 pins for the title.

● Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

October also will be a busy month for PBA players heading into the World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The Oct. 3-5 weekend’s regional calendar includes the PBA Maple City Dodge Eastern Open at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.; the PBA Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo.; a PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open doubleheader in Junction City, Kan., and the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA Central Open – one-day reduced entry fee event – at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich. The Belton, Mo., and Muskegon, Mich., tournaments are the final PBA Women’s Regional qualifying events for the Midwest and Central Regions, respectively.

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.

● Three-time PBA Tour titlist Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., will join his father, PBA Hall of Famer Don McCune, in the Greater Calumet (Ind.) Bowling Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Hammond, Ind., on Sunday, Dec. 7. McCune began his career in northwest Indiana, demonstrating his potential by averaging 219 at age 14.

● PBA members dominated the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships in Cali, Colombia, in mid-September, winning five of six gold medals. Colombian native Clara Guerrero won singles over fellow PBA members Kelly Kulick (silver) and Liz Johnson (bronze). Missy Parkin and Kulick won doubles while Parkin, Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan won trios for Team USA. Shannon Pluhowsky joined O’Keefe, McEwan, Johnson, Kulick and Parkin in winning the team gold medal to qualify Team USA for the Pan American Games. Parkin, Kulick and Johnson led the gold-silver-bronze sweep of all-events, and McEwan, a non-PBA member, defeated Parkin for the Masters gold medal. Johnson and Guerrero won bronze medals.

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PBA Spare Shots: Mother’s Passing Inspires DJ Archer’s Near-Perfect 878 Series

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 07:23

PBA Tour player D.J. Archer of Mineral Wells, Texas, turned an occasion of sorrow into a moment of inspiration on the day of his mother’s death, bowling the highest three-game series of his life.

After learning that his mother Sharon, 59, passed away Monday morning in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy battle with cardiac issues, Archer found the strength to go ahead and bowl in his regularly-scheduled league that evening because, he said, that’s what his mother would have wanted him to do.

What he didn’t expect was that he would bowl a personal-best 878 series and nearly add his name to the bowling history books when he finished just two shots away from a 900 in the Armadilla Dollars League at Armadilla Lanes II in Houston. 

“I felt like she was looking over me,” said Archer, whose mother had been in a cardiac rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge for several months. 

“I was dealing with a lot of emotions, but I know my mom would have wanted me to go ahead and bowl,” the 12-year PBA Tour veteran continued. “She and my dad (Dan, who died when DJ was 22) were very supportive of me and really got me started in the sport when I was five years old. But my mom was the one who really pushed me in bowling.”

Archer, a former collegiate star at West Texas A&M, started his series with a 300 game. He followed by a 279 which included a double before leaving a 10 pin and then striking the rest of the way. He concluded the set with a 299, leaving another 10 pin on his final shot.

“It was an incredible feeling because it felt like I could strike on every shot,” Archer said. “Being around friends and getting a lot of support from everyone in the league also was a great help and kept me in a positive state of mind. It was kind of like bowling on TV.”

Archer will return to competition in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October where he will try to improve on his PBA Tour career-high second-place finish in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic.

A memorial service will be held for Sharon Archer on Friday, Sept. 19 at Christian Life Fellowship, 2037 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (telephone: 225-769-6760) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Gideon’s International for placement of bibles around the world. Messages of sympathy may also be sent to DJ via email at donkbowler@yahoo.com

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: MALDONADO WINS AGAIN IN McALESTER

Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, dominated the field again to win the PBA McAlester Southwest Open Sunday at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester, Okla., topping Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., by 185 pins for his third title of the 2014 season.

Maldonado, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s final five games of qualifying in seventh place. He started that block with a 300 game and 786 series for his first three games to overtake Bohr. Maldonado then started the eight-game match play finals with a 215 and a win in his match, earning 30 bonus pins, and he then fired a 280 game to build a lead that no one could challenge. The Houston two-handed player finished with a 21-game total of 5,088 pins.

Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 245-171, to win the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes inside Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday. The title was Taylor’s second of the year, following his first career win in a PBA Midwest Challenge tournament in Kankakee, Ill., in May. He also earned $2,000.

In the second of three PBA Women’s Regional points competitions, Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., finished 12th, two places ahead of Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., to pull within 300 points of Greene in the race for a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas starting Oct. 24. Stram also earned $250 as the top woman finisher in the field. The final PBAW Midwest Region qualifying event will be held Oct. 3-5 in Belton, Mo.

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., outscored Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio by 51 pins over 17 games to win the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open in Fulton, N.Y., Sunday. Zaffino, who competes in both the PBA East and Central Regions, picked up his 24th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,500 prize.

Ryogo Tsurumi of Kanagawa slipped past Makoto Kawakami of Tochigi, 172-169, to win the PBA Japan Viper Open Monday at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, Japan, ending a streak of four consecutive victories in the new PBA Japan Region by Yuka Tsuchiya.

Tsurumi earned roughly $3,950 in U.S. dollars. The tournament, which was conducted on the PBA Viper lane conditioning pattern, drew a field of 127 men and women. Tsuchiya, who had swept the PBA Japan Cheetah and Chameleon women’s and open regional titles earlier in the summer, finished in 30th place in the Viper Open.

● On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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

● PBA fans who would like special insights into professional bowling are invited to sign up for the free online PBA e-Newsletter, which is distributed electronically throughout the year. The PBA e-Newsletter including information about upcoming events, special promotions, highlights of recent tournaments and more. More than 200,000 PBA fans are already on the list. To enroll, visit PBA on Facebook and click on the “email signup” link.

● PBA fans who like to follow international competition under the auspices of World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) are encouraged to visit World Bowling’s new official website, http://www.worldbowling.org/. In addition to explaining World Bowling’s role as the international governing body for bowling in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, the website includes information and links for all of the upcoming PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.

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PBA Spare Shots: Tickets Now Available for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Television Finals

by Bill Vint September 12, 2014 04:15

­Tickets for ESPN telecasts of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Nov. 1-2 and the live telecast of the PBA World Championship Finals Jan. 11 at the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas are now available.

The premier showcase of international professional bowling competition will include the four-player stepladder finals of four traditional PBA “animal lane condition pattern” contests – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – on Saturday, Nov. 1; a new PBA Challenge telecast and the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA on Sunday, Nov. 2, and the live PBA World Championship finals on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). The PBA Challenge will include four special matches: the PBA Regional Finals, PBA Women’s Regional Finals, PBA50 Tour Finals and Teen Masters Grand Championship.

Admission to all finals is free, but tickets must be obtained either through pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Tickets/) or on site at the South Point Bowling Center. A limited number of tickets will be available for each event on a first-come basis.

The WSOB VI television series will result in seven programs and 10 hours of coverage on ESPN beginning on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. PBA will also provide more than 50 hours of World Series preliminary round coverage through its online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscriptions are available through the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.

The Saturday, Nov. 1, schedule is: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game at noon, PBA Viper Championship at 2 p.m.; PBA Chameleon Championship at 4:45 p.m., and PBA Scorpion Championship at 6:30 p.m.

The Sunday, Nov. 2, schedule is PBA Challenge at 11 a.m. and the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA at 2:45 p.m.

“NEXT LEVEL” HELPS RAISE MORE THAN $50,000 FOR FOLDS OF HONOR

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s Next Level Bowling, in cooperation with Tidewater Charities, conducted its second annual Bowling for Vets fund-raiser event in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 29, and generated a $10,000 share of the more than $50,000 raised for the Folds of Honor Foundation which benefits military veterans and their families.

The bowling event, held in conjunction with the Tidewater Golf Patriot Day event, featured Duke doing trick shots, signing autographs and meeting with veterans and their families. Mike Riccitelli of Carolina Shores, N.C., won a special VIP World Series of Bowling VI package that will include two round-trip tickets to the WSOB, lodging at South Point Hotel and tickets for the TV shows.

PBA WOMEN STARS SEEK U.S. BERTH IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES

A team dominated by PBA women members will try to qualify the United States for a berth in the 2015 Pan American Games next week in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships in Cali, Colombia.

PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; PBA Regional title-winners Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois; Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and PBA Women’s Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, along with amateur Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., will represent Team USA in Colombia where PABCON singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters titles will be decided.

In order to clinch a berth in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the top two U.S. players in combined all-events pinfall must finish among the top four out of seven teams that have not yet qualified for the Pan Am Games. The Team USA men previously qualified for their berth during the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico in July.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: WES MALOTT WINS INAUGURAL SOUTHWEST INVITATIONAL

Wes Malott from Pflugerville, Texas, cruised past George Brooks of Loveland, Colorado, 268-155, to win the $4,500 first prize in the inaugural PBA Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event, from start to finish, was covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

Malott, a last-minute entry into the limited elite field, filled a vacancy created by a bowler who withdrew due to injury two days prior to the invitational tournament. After qualifying second and earning a berth into the Round of 8, Malott started his road to victory by eliminating Ryan Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, 2-0 in their best two-of-three game match. Malott then defeated PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame inductee David Anthony from Austin, Texas, 245-217, in their semifinal round match.

Brooks, who qualified fourth, earned his berth in the final match by defeating PBA champion Mike Edwards from Tulsa, Okla., 2-1 in their best-of-three-game Round of 8 match, followed by a 245-234 victory over Nathan Bohr of Austin Texas, in the semifinal round.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was perfect in defeating Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 300-210, to win the PBA Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday. The title was Loschetter’s 12th career PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,000.

Ciminelli defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 225-215, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Ciminelli eliminated Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 237-182.

Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., defeated Terry Wiley of Vienna, Va., 188-170, to successfully defend his PBA50 Howell Lanes Eastern Open title in Howell, N.J. Sunday.

Ventura, who had not won since last year’s Howell event, was the recipient of a number of fortunate breaks throughout the elimination finals. He advanced through the best-of-five-game Round of 16, defeating amateur Douglas Rehrig of Berlin, N.J., without rolling a game over 199. He lost the first game in the best-of-three game Round of 8, but won the next two games by a total of 12 pins.

He then won his semi-final round match over Mike Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., 202-201, when Tryniski, who needed three strikes in the final frame, left an eight pin after striking twice, and he won his sixth career title and the $1,500 top prize when Wiley failed to strike in his 10th frame.

Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., defeated Don Holmes of Itasca, Ill., in a sudden-death roll-off to win the PBA50 Illinois Valley Midwest Classic presented by Ebonite on Saturday at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and Rick Woloszyn of Griffith, Ind., completed the doubleheader weekend by defeating John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., 193-189, on Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

On Saturday, Traber nipped Holmes, 30-28 in a 10th-frame roll-off, after they tied at 228-228 to collect the $1,500 first prize and his 32nd overall PBA Regional title.

Gilbert, Ariz. (September 7, 2014)Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., posted a 9-7 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,799 pins to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the PBA West Rufus Open presented by Columbia 300 at Flip Side Lanes Sunday. Pratt, who earned $2,500, defeated Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., by 11 pins for the win.

● The Sept. 12-14 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA McAlester Southwest Open at Great Balls of Fire Entertainment Center in McAlester, Okla.; the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes East Open in Fulton, N.Y.; the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Diamond Jo Casino’s Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa (a PBA Women’s Regional points event which will be covered live by Xtra Frame), and a return to action in the PBA Japan Region with the Viper Open at Sagami First Lane in Kanagawa on Monday, Sept. 15.

On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Rotor Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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: Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The Dubuque event will be the second of three PBA Women’s Regional events in the Midwest Region.

● Visit the “Shop” link on pba.com for the latest in PBA-logoed merchandise, including a special clearance sale going on right now while supplies last.

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New DHC PBA Japan Invitational Adds to PBA World Series’ International Impact

by Bill Vint September 12, 2014 02:27

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling VI, along with its new relationships with the bowling community in Japan, have combined to create a new PBA DHC Japan Invitational tournament in January that will be an important event in the international bowling community that also will kick off the PBA’s 2015 Tour schedule.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational, a PBA Tour title event, will feature an elite field of players who will qualify during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, along with an elite field of 16 Japanese players. The DHC Invitational – the first international PBA Tour event to be covered start-to-finish live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame – will take place Jan. 15-18 at Tokyo Port Bowl in Japan, and will feature a series of pro-am and exhibition matches in addition to the main event.

The DHC tournament is an extension of the PBA’s work with Japan Bowling Promotions that earlier in the year helped create the PBA Japan Regional program. The new regional program will be included in the qualifying process for Japanese players earning berths into the elite field of players who will bowl in January.

The DHC Invitational field will include a field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players competing for shares of a $215,000 prize fund, which includes a $47,000 first prize, and a PBA Tour title. The international field will include 12 qualifiers from the PBA World Championship during WSOB VI based upon a combined 28 qualifying games in the PBA Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships, plus 24 games of match play (11 men plus the highest woman qualifier if she is not among the 12 leading qualifiers). The four additional international players will include three PBA members plus one Korean PBA player invited by DHC.

The Japanese contingent will include the top four players on the DHC PBA Japan Invitational points list; four players based on PBA Japan Region points; one player each selected by each bowling organization in Japan, and four players who will earn berths in a Pre-Tournament Qualifier.

The tournament program will involve 32 games of round-robin match play leading into a five-player stepladder final for the DHC Japan Invitational title. In addition, all 32 players will participate in Baker team and Scotch doubles exhibition matches, which will include $40,000 in additional prize money.

“The DHC PBA Japan Invitational is the result of a great deal of hard work and cooperation with the Japan bowling community which has provided PBA members with a great new event,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “We greatly appreciate the involvement of DHC Limited, Japan Bowling Promotions and our partners in Japan who have made this event possible.”

In addition to television coverage in Japan, the PBA will provide international online coverage of the event for the first time by sending its Xtra Frame crew to Tokyo. Xtra Frame, which is available on a subscription basis to bowling fans around the world, also will cover the entire PBA World Championship qualifying process in Las Vegas that will determine the PBA Tour players who will earn berths in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational.

The inaugural season of PBA Japan Regional competition is in progress, with four of seven scheduled events completed. Remaining events on the 2014 schedule include the Japan Viper Open on Monday, Sept. 15, and the Japan Women’s DHC Scorpion Open and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (all times local; live video streaming coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame)

Thursday, Jan. 15
Pro-Am and Japan Pre-Tournament Qualifier (at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center)

Friday, Jan. 16
8 a.m. – 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
6 p.m. – Baker team exhibition: 8 four-player teams, 8 games Baker format round-robin match play
  Top two four-player teams advance to TV finals

Saturday, Jan. 17
8 a.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
  Top five players advance to TV stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Scotch doubles exhibition: 16 doubles teams, round-robin match play
  Top two teams advance to TV finals

Sunday, Jan. 18
10:15 a.m. - Scotch doubles TV finals (two teams)
11 a.m. - Baker team TV finals (two teams)
Noon - DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals (five players)
2:30 p.m. - Special exhibition: top five international, top five Japan players who did not qualify for TV, one-ball “last man standing” elimination special event (low score per round eliminated)

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Milwaukee to Host PBA Players Championship, Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Events

by Bill Vint September 10, 2014 04:30

CHICAGO – The world’s best bowlers will return to Milwaukee in late January to compete in the preliminary rounds of two Professional Bowlers Association championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Wauwatosa will host the special competitions for PBA members Jan. 26-30 offering $250,000 in prize money before the players head north to Green Bay to compete in the United States Bowling Congress Masters – the first major championship on the 2015 PBA schedule – which is scheduled for Feb. 2-8 at Ashwaubenon Bowl. The Milwaukee stop will be responsible for determining the TV finalists who will head to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis for an ESPN “tripleheader” Feb. 14-15.

“Thanks to our friends at AMF Bowlero Lanes, we’re providing the great bowling fans in Milwaukee and our Xtra Frame viewers around the world with a pair of great tournaments in the days leading into the USBC Masters and the PBA’s 50th anniversary Tournament of Champions,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.

The Milwaukee stop will involve concurrent qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, for the Players Championship and the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. All players will bowl two qualifying rounds totaling 12 games with the top 24 individuals and the top 12 doubles teams advancing to round-robin match play.

The Players Championship finalists will bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after a total of 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals which will be conducted for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in conjunction with the 50th Tournament of Champions. The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

The PBA returns to an old-school format for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which is named in honor of two PBA legends who also bowled together as one of the sport’s most successful doubles teams. PBA members will be allowed to form their own doubles teams, and they will use their combined 12-game qualifying totals to determine the 12 teams advancing to the match play finals.

The finalists will then bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the PBA Doubles Championship finals which will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the Tournament of Champions finals. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Based upon a field of 130 players, the PBA Players Championship will pay a $25,000 first prize and 32 cashing positions while the Roth/Holman Doubles champions will split a $24,000 first prize. All 12 doubles teams advancing to match play will cash.

Defending champion in the PBA Players Championship is Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, are defending Roth/Holman PBA Doubles champions. Both events were last conducted during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.

All competition rounds of the Milwaukee events will be covered live by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

2015 PBA MILWAUKEE SCHEDULE
AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 26-30

Monday, Jan. 26
2 p.m. – Official practice session

Tuesday, Jan. 27
8 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 8 games

Wednesday, Jan. 28
8 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 4 games
  Top 24 individuals advance to Players Championship match play and top 12 teams advance to PBA Doubles match play
1:30 p.m. – Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Jan. 29
8 a.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
1 p.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
   Top five after 36 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

Friday, Jan. 30
8 a.m. – Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
1 p.m. - Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
  Top five doubles teams advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)

The schedule can be downloaded HERE.

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