Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 20, 2014 08:46

CHICAGO – Bob Glass, a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour; former Microsoft executive Chris Peters, who played a key role as a new owner in reviving the Professional Bowlers Association, and Barb Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. The Hall of Fame Dinner will be open to the public; ticket information will be announced later.

Glass was elected in the PBA50 Performance category. Peters and Wilt will be recognized in the Meritorious Service category for their extraordinary efforts behind the scenes to advance the PBA.

Glass, one of the first true power players on the PBA50 Tour, competed as a senior between 1997 and 2007 when he won nine titles and finished in the top five 38 times in 78 tournaments, earning just shy of a half-million dollars ($487,215). He won a pair of majors – the 2000 Brunswick PBA Senior Championship and 2001 United States Bowling Congress Seniors Masters – and earned PBA50 Player of the Year honors in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Glass, who holds a PhD in economics and has a law degree, lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently is Chief of Economics and Rates with the Kansas Corporation Commission in nearby Topeka. Glass will celebrate his 67th birthday on Friday, Oct. 24.

“I was really surprised,” Glass said of his election. “I bowled some on the regular tour, and I really only bowled full-time 5 1/2 years on the senior tour. I just feel real lucky. It’s kind of shocking.

“I used to tell people that my game degenerated slower than other people’s because as a senior, I was able to beat guys who used to beat me regularly,” he added.

With an imposing 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame, Glass said, “I was still pretty strong when I came out (on the PBA50 Tour). Actually, Steve Wunderlich (a three-time PBA Tour titlist), who was with Track at the time, probably saved my career when he convinced me to drop from 16-pound equipment for 15 pounds because the heavier ball was too powerful.”

Peters, an early employee of Microsoft who later became an executive with the company, led the effort to purchase the PBA with partners and fellow Microsoft executives Mike Slade and Rob Glaser in 2000. Peters and his partners provided an infusion of capital to ensure a solid foundation for the organization while at the same time providing vision and innovative ideas to enhance the fan experience especially in the areas of event presentation and online coverage. The introduction of a professionally-designed “arena” style set for TV finals, including professional presentation of signage and an overall enhanced image, helped the PBA generate more new non-bowling corporate sponsorships than the PBA had seen in several years.

During Peters’ tenure as an owner and Chairman of the PBA Board of Directors, the PBA:

            ● Hired former Nike executives to enhance the organization’s position as a major sports organization;

            ● Re-launched a more comprehensive and fan-friendly PBA.com;

            ● Developed live online broadcasting of PBA competition through Strike Pass subscription service (now Xtra-Frame). Strike Pass was one of the first online ventures in the sports world to provide fans with live video-streaming coverage;

            ● Successfully negotiated long-term contracts with ESPN to establish a consistent time slot for PBA Tour telecasts;

            ● Introduced the PBA Exempt Tour for the 2004-05 season, creating an “elite” tour to better showcase PBA Tour players and provide the Tour’s most successful players with guaranteed opportunities to make a living by including record prize money for standard events. Each major featured a minimum $100,000 first prize, with the PBA World Championship offering a then-record $120,000 first prize.

“I was very excited when (PBA Commissioner) Tom Clark called,” Peters said. “It’s great. I’m a bit overwhelmed, but obviously this is shared with (co-owners) Rob (Glaser) and Mike (Slade). They were responsible, not just financially, but with their enthusiasm and ideas and everything else. I never could have done this without them.

“It’s been 15 years since I first talked with (former PBA Commissioner) Mark Gerberich,” Peters continued. “Way back then, Rob and Mike and I thought there might be a way to showcase bowling on the Internet. The idea was crazy at the time, but now the world is catching up, and that’s great to see.

“The nicest thing about my involvement is the people I met in the bowling industry,” he added. “They are the nicest people I’ve met in the world, bar none, and that’s what makes this so special. The PBA didn’t have to do this. It’s a huge honor. It’s kind of a sad note, but my father was a big bowling fan, and he died during the past 15 years. He was the first one I wanted to call, so that kind of explains how much this means to me.”

Wilt, who joined the PBA staff in 1970, retired to North Carolina in 2014 after 44 years of service to the organization. Her duties ranged from processing all PBA Tour entries to managing all of the PBA’s statistical records, and virtually every other hands-on office chore over her extensive career.

When the PBA was sold in 2000, the new owners asked Wilt to assist with the transition to the new headquarters in Seattle, so she moved to Seattle and continued to work to make improvements in membership, entries and statistical processes.

She was the face of the PBA among most of its thousands of members over four-plus decades, providing a familiar and friendly voice to help them with their needs, and she was conduit between PBA’s national and regional tournament directors in bridging the gap between the “office and the road.” She also became the organization’s unofficial historian and served as a guardian of old records, photographs and historical information.

“I’m overwhelmed. I never believed this would happen,” Wilt said. “It’s pretty overwhelming and I’m very, very honored.

“I did a job I loved to do, and worked with great people and terrific athletes, and I got the better end of the deal. It’s pretty cool.”

There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category.

Eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame in the performance category requires a minimum of 20 years of PBA membership plus a minimum of 10 standard PBA Tour titles, or five titles plus two majors. Eligibility for the PBA50 performance category, which is intended to recognize players who excelled after reaching the age of 50, requires a minimum of 10 years of PBA50 competition plus a minimum of eight PBA50 Tour titles, or five standard PBA50 titles plus two majors. Candidates must receive a two-thirds majority of ballots cast in order to be elected.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Action” Jackson, Chris Barnes to Bowl $10,000 Winner-Take-All Match at WSOB VI

by Bill Vint October 15, 2014 06:54

JT “Action” Jackson, who earned his nickname by bowling “action” with his comedian friends in Los Angeles, has challenged 17-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, to a one-game, All-In Showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Friday, Oct. 24, from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Jackson, a 37-year-old left-hander, has won one PBA Regional title and has cashed only once in 34 PBA Tour events, but he has no fear of taking on one of the PBA’s most accomplished players in a one-game match on the challenging PBA World Championship lane condition. Each player will put up $5,000 and they will bowl for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize at 5:15 p.m. ET (2:15 p.m. local time) on Oct. 24.

“I called (PBA Commissioner Tom Clark) and asked him if the PBA was going to do an ‘all-in showdown’ like they did a couple of years ago. No one had mentioned anything,” Jackson said, “but he asked if I wanted to do something like that, so he called Barnes, and it’s going to be me against him.”

It was a last-minute suggestion but Barnes, who did his share of megabucks, high-stakes action bowling before he even began his PBA career, quickly accepted the challenge. He’s the only PBA player who has agreed to participate in every winner-take-all contest since the concept was introduced as a special event at the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in Allen Park, Mich., in 2009.

Jackson, who has cultivated a successful career as a comedian and actor, including featured roles in Kingsford Charcoal, CDW computer and Hulu television ads, said he got his start in “action bowling” in 2003.

“Around that time, I was doing a lot of standup comedy in Los Angeles,” he said. “Me and a bunch of my comedian friends started bowling. I had never bowled like that, but a bunch of guys – including Kevin Hart – started bowling every Monday. We’d bowl for $1 a pin, whatever, and I discovered I could throw the ball pretty good. I lost a lot at first, but I started practicing six, seven hours a day for seven, eight months non-stop. I really took it serious, and that’s how I got better.”

But put his record against Barnes’ and there’s no doubt who will be the favorite.

“Oh, my goodness, you don’t need to tell me that,” Jackson laughed. “But in one game, anything could happen. In a marathon, I’m pretty sure he’d prevail. But one game? I know who he is; I respect him as a great bowler, but for me, personally, nobody out there shakes me up. I’m not afraid of anybody.”

Jackson also said he’s got the confidence of Kevin Hart, a PBA League owner (Philadelphia Hitmen), and one of the hottest acting properties in Hollywood. Hart is actually putting up Jackson’s $5,000 stake in the contest.

“Kevin’s putting me in,” Jackson said. “He’s aware of what’s going on, so that’s cool.”

Jackson also said he’s going to take the match seriously, but if Barnes initiates any trash-talking, “What you give me, you shall receive in return,” Jackson grinned. “I’m not going to start anything, but I’d love for him to start talking trash, because I’ll give it right back. And then some.”

For Barnes, the winner-take-all action matches take him back to his pre-PBA days.

“I’ve always liked action. It doesn’t happen that much anymore, but that’s what I do. I bowl,” Barnes said. “I’d prefer a longer format than one game, but it is what it is. It gets your heart pumping, and $5,000 for one game will get my blood flowing.”

The Jackson vs. Barnes match will be part of the PBA’s WSOB Xtra Frame coverage, and another bonus for new subscribers who enroll in the new XF Season Ticket program prior to November 30. For complete details about the special XF Season Ticket package, visit pba.com and click on the XF Season Ticket link.

TOP TEACHING PRO MARK BAKER’S “TIPS” TO BE FEATURED ON XTRA FRAME

The PBA has partnered with four-time PBA Tour champion and nationally-acclaimed bowling instructor Mark Baker to provide a series of Baker’s bowling tips to Xtra Frame subscribers as an added bonus.

During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2, a series of excerpts from Baker’s new instructional DVD, called “The System,” will be archived on Xtra Frame under the “Tips and Equipment” section where they will be available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Baker also will be on hand at the World Series where he’ll visit the Xtra Frame booth periodically to offer his analysis and discuss his new DVD.

For fans interested in ordering “The System,” a link will be established on pba.com soon.

JOHNNY PETRAGLIA FEATURED IN VFW MAGAZINE ARTICLE

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia was the subject of an article in the October edition of VFW Magazine by Richard Kolb featuring noted sports figures who served during the Vietnam War. Among other noted athletes who were featured in the story were Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and former Notre Dame/Pittsburgh Steelers star Rocky Bleier.

According to the article, Petraglia enlisted for a two-year tour-of-duty in the U.S. Army in September of 1966 and first served as a cook, which was required for all new enlistees. He was sent to Vietnam in October of 1967 where he served in the 368th Transportation Company that was responsible for the discharge and loading of cargo. He was discharged in June of 1968.

At the time Petraglia entered the service at age 19, he was already a PBA member and had just come off his first PBA Tour title – the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Open in August of 1966.

The October issue of VFW Magazine will be archived on the organization’s website in the near future. A digital version of the article is not available, but a copy of the magazine may be requested by email (magazine@vfw.org) or by calling (816) 756-3390.

DANNY WISEMAN YOUTH TOURNAMENT AWARDS $21,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman hosted his third annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Sunday at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore, and wound up distributing more than $21,000 in scholarship money to the bowlers who advanced to match play. Brianna Marie Barna and Adam Zimmerman were the big winners. For final results of Wiseman’s event, visit his website: dannywisemanbowling.com

EUROPEAN PBA STARS TOP AMERICANS TO WIN 15TH WEBER CUP

A team of four PBA stars from Europe staged a huge rally on the final day to defeat a team of American counterparts in the 15th annual invitational 888.com Weber Cup competition at Metrodome in Barnsley, England, on Sunday. Trailing the U.S. PBA stars by four points heading into the final day, the European players won six of eight singles matches to create a 16-16 tie, and then defeated the American team, 242-220 in the Baker team finale to retain the Weber Cup.

In Sunday’s singles competition, Sweden’s Martin Larsen defeated Chris Barnes, 278-269; England’s Stuart Williams defeated Bill O’Neill, 227-180; Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi defeated Tommy Jones, 213-173; Barnes defeated Larsen, 260-246; England’s Dom Barrett defeated Wes Malott, 233-208; Koivuniemi defeated Jones, 230-196; Williams defeated O’Neill, 266-236 and Malott defeated Koivuniemi, 237-227, to set up the Baker team finale.

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition is a “made for television” invitational event conducted for European television distribution.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: WEST, NORTHWEST WSOB VI REPRESENTATIVES DECIDED

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted an 8-4 match play record and an 20-game total of 4,800 pins to win his 19th PBA Regional title and second in a row in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., Sunday.

Haugen, who earned $2,500, defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas by 184 pins for the title. Haynes had a 5-7 match play record and 4,616 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins. Haugen had previously won the Fog City West Open in Daly City, California, on Sept. 28.

The tournament was the final qualifying event for the PBA West and Northwest Region players to earn paid entries into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI plus berths in the PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers which will kick off WSOB VI on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Haynes locked up the West Region’s PBA Regional berth while Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., won the Northwest Region berth. The PBA Women’s Regional berths were won by Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (West) and Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah (Northwest). Parkin finished fifth overall art Black Oak, earning $800, while Boomershine finished 15th to earn $460.

● “Super senior” Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio and partner Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill., defeated Mitch Jabczenski of Novi, Mich. and amateur Ed Mintz of Canton, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA’s Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles title at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams included one PBA50 bowler (between the ages of 50 and 59) and one PBA60 bowler (over the age of 60). The title was Henry’s fifth career regional title and Carter’s sixth. They split a $3,200 first prize.

● PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, won six of his eight matches to successfully defend his PBA50 Shreveport Southwest Open title, presented by Landers Fiat, at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La., on Sunday.

Williams battled Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, for the lead throughout the event, but dominated Scroggins in the final game, 256-166, to secure the title and the $1,500 first prize by 191 pins.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., won nine of his 12 matches and finished with a 20-game total of 4,657 pins to record a 282-pin victory over Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., in the PBA50 Dover Eastern Open at Brunswick Doverama in Dover, N.J., Sunday. 

Edwards, who turned 50 in June, was competing in his third PBA50 regional event. He had not won a PBA East title since July, 2009, but after a slow start and a key ball change, he reeled off eight consecutive match wins to build an insurmountable lead heading into position round.

Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., defeated Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 238-216, to win the PBA Thunderbowl Midwest Open on Saturday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in the PBA50 half of the doubleheader, Jimmy Johnson of Ralston, Iowa, defeated Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., 201-189, for his second overall PBA Regional title and a $1,700 first prize.

In the standard PBA event, DeMore defeated amateur Tony Manna of Omaha, 269-209, while Calkins edged Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., 248-227, to set up the championship match. With his first regional title, DeMore won $2,100 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

● The Oct. 17-19 weekend, the final weekend prior to the start of the GEICO PBA WSOB VI, will include 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 PBA Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; 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 is back on the air this weekend with live coverage of 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.

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PBA Spare Shots: Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service Award

by Bill Vint October 10, 2014 08:14

The Professional Bowlers Association is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award will be presented to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the 2014 calendar year.

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., was the winner of the inaugural Reyes award.

The postmark deadline for nominations will be Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners early in 2015.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone. The nomination form is available on pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/forms/TonyReyes_App_2014.pdf).

PLAYERS TO PROMOTE BVL DURING GEICO WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING TELECASTS

Players who appear on GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts will be encouraged to wear BVL identification on their shirts in support of Bowlers to Veterans Link, the charity funded exclusively by the bowling community. BVL each year raises nearly $1 million to provide a variety of services to America’s hospitalized veterans (bowlersforveterans.org).

GEICO WSOB telecasts will include the Cheetah Championship presented by the PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game; the Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships; PBA Challenge Finals; World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, and the PBA World Championship. All telecasts except the PBA World Championship will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, in the new South Point Bowling Plaza, to air on consecutive Sundays on ESPN starting Dec. 16. The PBA World Championship will be a live telecast from the South Point Bowling Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 11.

DAVE SCHROEDER PROMOTED TO PBA VICE PRESIDENT-MEDIA

Dave Schroeder, who has worked in various aspects of media activities with the PBA since 1993, has been promoted to PBA Vice President-Media, Commissioner Tom Clark has announced. In his expanded role, Schroeder will be responsible for overseeing most aspects of the PBA Network, including PBA’s network television activities, pba.com, Xtra Frame, social media and news media relations.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: JOHNSON, GREENE LOCK UP PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL BERTHS

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., locked up the PBA Central and Midwest Women’s Regional points titles over the Oct. 5 weekend, earning paid entries into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI and berths in the PBA Women’s Regional match play event which will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center. The eight-player, eight-game round robin match play event will determine the two players who will advance to the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 2. The PBA Challenge special event will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., defeated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by 76 pins to win the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA/Northway Lanes Central Open at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich., on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Schmidt finished the 15-game event with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,546 pins, including match play bonus pins. The title was Schmidt’s first in PBA Regional competition, and it qualified him to enter the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions that will be held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in February. He also earned $2,000.

The tournament was the third and final Central Region PBA Women’s Regional points events. With her fifth-place overall finish, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., overtook Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, to earn a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center Oct. 24-Nov. 2. She also won $600. Tackett won the Central Region berth in the PBA Regional Finals, which also will be contested on Oct. 24, along with a paid WSOB VI entry.

Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, defeated Dave Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., 258-171, to win the PBA Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Region Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo., Sunday, for his second career regional title and a $2,200 prize.

Williams defeated Ben Howison-Johnstone of St. Charles, Missouri, 232-189, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match. Howison-Johnstone defeated Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, 227-217, in the first match.

In the third and final PBA Women’s Regional qualifying contest, Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., shot 258 in her final game to slip past Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., and win the PBA Midwest Region’s berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals along with a paid entry into the PBA WSOB VI. Greene finished 15th overall in the Belton field, earning $400, while Stram finished 17th.

Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., won six of his eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 3,830 pins to record a 110-pin victory over Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., in the PBA Maple City Dodge Open at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 4.

LeClair took a 59-pin lead over Paluszek going into the final position round game. Paluszek, who needed to beat LeClair by 30 pins to win, was in contention until he suffered a ninth-frame split. His 218 final game was enough to keep him in second place by seven pins over Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y.

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas and Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., won PBA50 Regional events in a Southwest Region doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, in a match of major PBA title holders, Scroggins, the 2009 U.S. Open and 2005 USBC Masters champion, defeated 1998 PBA Tournament of Champions victor Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 280-235, to win his first PBA50 title since turning 50 in March.

On Sunday, Greiner advanced from third place in the final position round match with a 278 game to vault past previous Junction City champion Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo. Dias held a 46-pin lead over Goebel and was 77 pins ahead of Greiner going into last game of the round-robin match play. Dias lost to Goebel, 217-203, but his two strikes in the 10th frame allowed him to hang on to second place.

● With the PBA World Series of Bowling VI looming at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 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.

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PBA Spare Shots: Battle for PBA Regional, Women’s Regional Berths in WSOB Almost Over

by Bill Vint October 2, 2014 03:09

The battles for eight PBA Regional, eight PBA Women’s Regional and eight PBA50 Tour berths in the PBA World Series of Bowling VI is almost over with the Sunday, Oct. 12, qualifying deadline rapidly approaching.

In each case, eight players will earn paid entries into the World Series and they will compete in eight-game round-robin match play events on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to determine the top two individuals who will advance to the new PBA Challenge Finals which will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m. PT for delayed telecast on ESPN. All three match play qualifying events will be covered simultaneously live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, starting at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET).

The fourth PBA Challenge Finals match will pit 2014 Teen Masters boys’ champion Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., against girls’ champion Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y., for the Teen Masters Grand Championship.

The PBA Challenge telecast will conclude with a special Knockout Bonus Round in which the four winners will each bowl one shot, with the lowest score per round eliminated until a champion remains.

In the season-long PBA Regional Finals points races, seven of eight berths are already decided. Regional points winners are: Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. (East Region); Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C. (South); Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest Region); Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas (Southwest); David Haynes, Las Vegas (West); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. (Northwest), and Pat Nolan (Japan).

The Central Region berth will be decided this weekend in the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA Central Open at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich. E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will take a 3,600-point lead over Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., into the region’s final qualifying event.

In the new PBA Women’s Regional competition, points winners already confirmed are: Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (East); Christina Hardee, Mt. Dora, Fla. (South); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia (Southwest); and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

Unresolved heading into their final Central Region qualifying event in Muskegon this weekend, Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, holds a 6,300-point lead over Jessica Stephens of Greenwood, Ind., and a 6,500-point lead over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. In the Midwest Region, Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., will take a modest 300-point edge over Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., into this weekend’s Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo. The women’s field will be finalized on Oct. 12 in the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (West), and Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah (Northwest) have big leads, but haven’t clinched their berths.

The PBA50 Tour field of eight was settled at the conclusion of the senior tour’s 2014 season. The top eight in competition points who will bowl in Las Vegas are: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Tom Baker, King, N.C.; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas.

MOTIV TO GIVE AWAY FREE BOWLING BALLS IN PBA XTRA FRAME, WSOB PROMOTIONS

MOTIV, PBA Product Registered Company and promotional partner, has announced it will give away several high-performance bowling balls in a series of promotions in partnership with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI and PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

● During the preliminary rounds of WSOB VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 25-Oct. 30, MOTIV will give away one bowling ball each day (a total of six balls) to new Xtra Frame subscribers. To be eligible for the daily random drawings, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for subscription information. New subscribers who sign up between now and Oct. 24 will be eligible. Subscriptions are available for $7.99 for one month or $64.99 for a full year.

● During the WSOB VI ESPN television finals Nov. 1-2 in the new South Point Bowling Plaza, spectators on hand will be eligible to win a free MOTIV ball. One ball will be given away each day of the television finals. There is no admission charge to attend the ESPN finals, but spectators must obtain a ticket either on-site at South Point Bowling Center, or by visiting pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Tickets/). A limited number of tickets will be available for each event on a first-come basis.

● Following the World Series, MOTIV will give away one free bowling ball each month to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. The November winner will receive a new MOTIV Jackal ball.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BAILEY SPOILS JENSEN’S BACK-TO-BACK BID

Mike Bailey from Allen, Texas, de-railed Tyler Jensen’s bid for back-to-back titles, 257-162, and won $2,500 along with his third PBA Regional title Sunday in the inaugural PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas.

Jensen, who won the previous week in Odessa, Texas, advanced to the finals by defeating Colombia native Clara Guerrero, who resides in Pflugerville, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 12; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-0, and Anthony Simonsen of Mesquite, Texas, 277-191, in the semifinal round. With her 12th-place finish, earning $625 in the final PBA Women’s Southwest Regional qualifying event, Guerrero locked up a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals along with a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. Kimi Davidson of Azle, Texas, also cashed, finishing 17th for $460.

Mike Moore of Oviedo, Fla., and non-member partner Shawn Naumann of Orlando won seven of their 10 matches and finished with an 18-game total of 8,292 pins to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Moore and Naumann defeated Jason Couch and Doug Becker, both of Clermont, Fla., by 163 pins to claim the title.

Chad Lusche of Arvada, Colo., climbed the stepladder from bottom to top, defeating Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., 217-186, in the final match to win $2,500 and his first PBA title in the Midcontinent Communications Midwest Region Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sunday.

Lusche started his climb with a 277-201 victory over amateur Jason Polreis of Sioux Falls, 277-201; defeated Dave Dentlinger of Adel, Iowa, 227-213, and eliminated amateur Russ Oviate of Sioux Falls, 268-214, to advance to the championship match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, by 77 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Sullins finished with a 6-5-1 match play record and a total of 4,522 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to claim his second Central Region title of the year, his 28th overall Regional title, and the $1,400 first prize.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,060 pins Sunday to win his 18th PBA Regional title in the PBA Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Lanes in Daly City, Calif. Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., was second, 243 pins behind.

In the companion PBA50 tournament, Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, went 5-3 and knocked down 3,495 total pins for 16 games to top Tracy Teeters of Albany, Oregon, for his sixth PBA50 West Region title and $1,200. Teeters had 3,392 pins, 103 pins out of first place.

Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., defeated Matt O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J., by 24 pins and Dave Knight Jr. of Folcroft, Pa., by 37 pins to win the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Re-entry Classic at Brunswick Zone Turnersville, N.J., Sunday. In the “elimination format” championship match, Paluszek rolled a 248 game to win over O’Grady’s 224 and Knight’s 211 to earn $1,500 and his fourth regional title.

The one-day re-entry tournament involved a five-game qualifying round for all players, followed by a three-game re-entry squad and a one-game “desperado” squad which allowed players multiple chances to advance to the 13-player elimination rounds. The first one-game elimination round eliminated the seven lowest scores and the second elimination round reduced the field of six to three finalists.

● October will be a busy month of PBA Regional competition as players prepare for the PBA 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.; 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

● News for the PBA60 set. PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., joined the club on Sept. 12, and inactive as a competitor or not, PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman of Medford, Ore., reached PBA60 eligibility on Monday, Sept. 29.

● 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.

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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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