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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PBA Spare Shots: 30 PBA Players Heading to Tokyo in November for 28th Round1 Japan Cup

by Bill Vint September 5, 2014 07:36

A field of 30 PBA players, including 16 points qualifiers, four sponsor selections and 10 who plan to bowl in the “pre-tournament qualifier,” are heading to Tokyo to participate in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup at Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center Nov. 10-15.

The 16 players who have accepted invitations based upon PBA Tour competition points earned between the 2013 PBA World Series of Bowling V and the end of the 2014 PBA Summer Swing are: Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Smallwood, Pete Weber, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Loschetter, Dan MacLelland and Stuart Williams.

The four players who have been invited by Round1 are: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Brian Voss, Osku Palermaa and Parker Bohn III.

The 10 players who have confirmed plans to participate in the PTQ to try to make it into the Japan Cup field are: Josh Blanchard, Thomas Larsen, Jake Peters, Jason Sterner, Scott Norton, Norm Duke, Craig Nidiffer, Johnathan Bower, Marshall Kent and Brad Miller.

The PTQ will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Qualifying rounds for A and B squads will take place on Nov. 13. Ten PBA players will be assigned to each squad; the top 32 from each squad will advance to the best-of-five-game match play elimination rounds on Friday, Nov. 14, narrowing the field of eight for Saturday’s televised finals. The eight finalists will be paired for one-game matches leading to the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Japan’s Yuya Katoh is the defending champion; he is the third Japanese player ever to win the Cup and the first to do so since 1988.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: PAPPAS, MORGAN, JONES WIN IN THE SOUTH

PBA Hall of Famer George Pappas of Charlotte, N.C.; Gary Morgan of Atlanta, and Steve Jones of Berlin, Md., were winners in a PBA South Region “tripleheader” over the extended Labor Day weekend.

Pappas got the series underway when he rallied to defeat Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 192-244, 214-202, 289-210, in the best-of-three-game title match to win $2,000 and his 28th PBA Regional title in the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Termite and Pest Control Southern Open for players 60 and older at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Morgan captured the PBA50 Budweiser Mooresville South Open, also at Victory Lanes, on Monday, defeating Andrew Farrow of Anderson, S.C., 235-212, 278-227, in their best-of-three-game title match for $2,000 and his 15th career PBA Regional title.

On Thursday, Jones won nine of his 12 matches and posted a 20-game total of 4,812 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the PBA60 Kingsport Southern Open at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., by 32 pins over Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn. Jones won $2,000 in the tournament for players ages 60 and older.

● Eddie Van Daniker of Chatsworth, Calif. and amateur partner Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio posted a 9-2-1 match play record and a combined 20-game total of 8,925 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, California by 309 pins over Curtis Woods of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz. The winners split a $4,000 first prize.

● Amateur Chris Pierson of Waukesha, Wis. defeated Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., 246-197, to win the PBA BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill., on Sunday. Pierson won his first PBA Regional event and earned $2,200 but he does not get credit for a PBA title because he is not a member. Greene is a competitor in the new PBA Women’s Regional program. She earned $1,100 as runner-up.

The BOWLSTRONG weekend also included a Tournament of Champions special event for PBA title winners. John Slavich VI of Schaumburg, Ill., won the special six-game competition with a 1,375 pinfall total, 16 pins better than PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Slavich won $1,500 and Weber earned $900. Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., finished third for $700 and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, was fourth for $500.

Mike Healy of Yonkers, New York defeated Chris Fedden of Albany, New York, 207-158, to win the PBA50 Hammer Black Widow Legend Open at Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., on Sunday. Along with his first PBA Regional title – which made him eligible to enter the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis – Healy earned a $1,500 first prize.

● The Sept. 5-7 weekend schedule for PBA Regional players includes the Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. (featuring live Xtra Frame coverage); the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open in Howell, N.J.; the Rufus West Open presented by Columbia 300 at FlipSide Lanes in Gilbert, Ariz., and a pair of one-day PBA50 events presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

The Sept. 12-14 schedule 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.

SPECIAL ROOM RATE OFFERED FOR PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI

The South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is offering a special rate of $48 per night weekdays and $88 per night weekends (plus tax) for family members, friends, fans, business representatives and news media representatives attending the PBA World Series of Bowling VI. For room reservations and more information about the South Point, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111. The promotional code is “PBA 1019.”  The reservation deadline is Oct. 3.

The multi-event international bowling competition will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 and will include four animal pattern tournaments, the PBA World Championship, World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals and PBA Challenge Finals. The ESPN telecasts for each of these events will be taped in the new South Point Bowling Stadium on Nov. 1 and 2.

QUICK NOTES

● Kayla Stram, a competitor in the PBA Women’s Regional program at Bowlerama Lanes in Des Moines, Iowa, over the Aug. 23-24 weekend, was the August winner in the HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes, winning $200 in hotel lodging credits through the PBA’s official travel partner. Stram, who earned her chance at the prize by booking her room through HotelPlanner.com, finished 22nd overall in the PBA Midwest Regional event in Des Moines.

Mike Riccitelli of Carolina Shores, N.C., won a PBA World Series of Bowling VI Super Fan Package offered during a special Grand Strand Bowling for Vets clinic conducted by Norm Duke’s Next Level Bowling organization in Little River, S.C., in late August. Riccitelli’s package for two people includes round-trip airfare, two nights’ lodging at South Point Hotel and two VIP tickets to attend the WSOB VI television finals on Nov. 1-2 at the new South Point Bowling Stadium.

● In keeping with its recently-adopted naming standards for PBA competition, PBA has adopted the acronym PBA60 for use in designating “super senior” competition in the future. The new terminology will apply to events, awards or programs associated with PBA players who are ages 60 and older, just as PBA50 applies to activities for players ages 50 and older. The new PBA60 designation can be used immediately, but will become an official part of the PBA terminology effective with the start of the 2015 season on January 1.

● Reminder: the Professional Bowlers Association’s permanent office address is now 55 E. Jackson Ave., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604. The organization’s home-base telephone numbers remain the same: 206-332-9688 (fax: 206-332-9722).

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel, will be on hand for the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Southwest Regional Invitational from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 5-7, and the Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13-14. The Dubuque event will be the second of three PBA Women’s Regional events in the Midwest Region.

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