PBA Spare Shots: WBT Thailand to Determine World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finalists

by Bill Vint August 21, 2014 08:12

The final qualifying event to determine the top three players for the 2014 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA is underway in Thailand. The two-year rolling WBT points competition will be complete when the WBT Thailand at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok ends on Monday, Aug. 25.

In both situations, defending WBT Thailand and WBT Men’s champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is the player to watch.

Rash, an eight-time PBA Tour titlist, defeated Finnish-American star Mika Koivuniemi, 235-225, 245-228, to win the 2013 WBT Thailand title (Koivuniemi was top qualifier, so Rash had to beat him twice). After winning in Thailand, Rash defeated Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, to win the WBT Men’s Finals during WSOB V. But he’s at risk of not qualifying for the 2014 finals.

Heading into the Thailand event, the WBT Men’s Finals field was a toss-up. Koivuniemi leads the men’s points list with 555 points, 17 points ahead of Australia’s Jason Belmonte (538). Rash is third with 534 points – four points behind Belmonte – but only 27 points ahead of England’s Dom Barrett (507). Barrett is the only other player with a mathematical chance to break into the top three.

With 50 points awarded to the winner in Thailand, a win by any of the four contenders would shake up the final standings for the WBT Men’s Finals, which will be contested (along with the women’s finals) over the Nov. 1-2 weekend during PBA WSOB VI at South Point in Las Vegas.

The top two berths in the women’s finals are decided. Defending WBT Women’s Finals winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., has clinched the No. 1 berth with 683 points, more than 200 ahead of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (459). Sweden’s Sandra Andersson is third with 396 points, but she could be overtaken by Singapore’s Jazreel Tan (351) or tied by Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (346).

You can follow the progress of the WBT Thailand event by visiting http://www.ttbaworldtour.com/. The champion will take home the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (roughly $32,258 in U.S. dollars) and a PBA International Tour title if he is a PBA member.

YOUTH MOVEMENT MAKING A STATEMENT IN PBA’S SOUTHWEST REGION

The PBA Southwest Region has experienced a youth movement during the 2014 season, according to Southwest Region manager Pete McCordic. So far this year, the region has seen four players win their first PBA titles – and all of them are under the age of 28.

The most recent additions to the list are 23-year-old twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, who won their first titles in back-to-back weeks. Sean won the Killeen Southwest Open on Aug. 10 and Anthony won the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge in Houston on Aug. 17. The other first-time titlists include 17-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Mesquite, Texas, and 28-year-old Shawn Maldonado of Houston.

In addition to the first-time title winners, 2013 Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Roger Petrin, 23, of Wichita, Kan., won his second title and Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, who just turned 26, won his fifth title earlier in the year. And three non-members also have won PBA Southwest events for the first time: Kansas State collegiate bowler Dylan Burns, Eric Traylor of Pearland, Texas, and Jay Nephew of Houston.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: TACKETT TOPS PAGE IN COLDWATER

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., 221-193, to win the $4,000 first prize and his third PBA Regional title in the PBA Lefeld Implement Central Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Page edged Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, 210-204, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Novak defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 233-223.

The tournament was the first of the PBA Central Region’s three PBA Women’s Regional points events. Three-time PBA Women’s Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, was the top finisher among the five women who bowled the event, finishing in 37th place and earning $325.

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., went 7-4-1 in match play and finished with a 20-game total of 4,593 pins to record a 146-pin victory over Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., in the PBA Bethmann-Russell Syracuse Open presented by Radical at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., Sunday.

Shafer led qualifying but lost his first three matches to lose the lead to LeClair. After making a ball change, Shafer won his next five matches to race away to victory while LeClair held on to second place by two pins over Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. In addition to his 26th regional title, Shafer earned $2,500 and improved his competition points lead to over 43,000 points over LeClair in the battle to see who represents the East Region in the PBA Regional Finals which will be held during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

The event also was the second of three PBA Women’s Regional events for women. Kristina Wendell of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., qualified for match play for the second time and virtually guaranteed her spot in the PBAW Regional Finals in Las Vegas as well as a paid entry into the World Series of Bowling.

Anthony Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, out-dueled Mexico’s Humberto Vazquez to win the PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Mike Austin’s Bowling Dynamix, Sunday.

Lavery led Vazquez by 41 pins going into position round, started his final game with five strikes and never looked back to claim the $2,000 winner’s check. PBA Challenge events are open only to nonmembers who have not won a PBA event and PBA members not credited with a PBA title.

● Amateur Daniel Jackson Jr. of Portland, Ore., posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,910 pins Sunday to win $2,000 and his second regional title as a non-member in the PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by Dexter at Husted’s Milwaukee Bowl by 190 pins over Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore. The tournament was the 35th annual PBA Regional hosted by the Husted family at Milwaukie Bowl.

● The Aug. 22-24 regional schedule includes the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone in Deptford, N.J.; the PBA and PBA50 Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Capital City West/Northwest Opens presented by DV8 in Citrus Heights, Calif.; the Greenville Southwest Open presented by allbowling.com at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical (a live Xtra Frame event) in Des Moines, Iowa. Fayetteville, Deptford, Citrus Heights, Greenville and Des Moines are all PBA Women’s Regional qualifying events.

The extended Labor Day weekend includes another full schedule of events, including the PBA50 Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) followed by the PBA50 Mooresville South Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge (for non-winners) plus the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Tournament of Champions (for PBA title winners) at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill.

Kicking off September will be the PBA50 Kingsport Super Senior South Open for players 60 and older at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 2-4, followed by Sept. 5-7 weekend events including 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.

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, the PBA’s online bowling channel, will be on hand this weekend to provide live coverage of the PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Region Open from Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 23-24. The event will include coverage of the first of three PBA Women’s Regional competitions in the Midwest Region. Next up: 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.

● According to Bowlers Journal International’s eBowler, PBA legend Dick Weber's longtime home in Florissant, Missouri will honor the late bowling great with a plaque on the community's Walk Through History. Weber moved to Florissant in 1955 and, 16 years later, opened Dick Weber Lanes. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Weber's widow, Juanita, will be in attendance, as will their famous bowling son, Pete, and other family members. The plaque will be dedicated on Sept. 2.

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Jack Jurek Wins PBA50 South Shore Open for First PBA50 Tour Title

by Bill Vint August 7, 2014 13:50

HAMMOND, Ind. – Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who has endured a series of bad breaks in his quest for his first PBA50 Tour title, made a breakthrough Thursday night when he struck on eight of his first nine shots to defeat PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla., 242-205, in the title match of the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympia Lanes.

“It’s never an easy battle out here,” Jurek said. “I’ve won a couple of Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Awards because I’ve lost a lot of times in title matches and people think I’m a nice guy.”

Jurek, who had disappointing losses in Dayton, Ohio, a week earlier after losing a crushing loss to Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. earlier in the year in the USBC Senior Masters title match, came into the finale in Hammond with a fresh attitude, thanks in part to some advice he got from Pedersen, his traveling roommate.

“(Randy) and I talked a little after my debacle in Dayton and he gave me some thoughts about how he approaches things,” Jurek said. “It helped. I’ve got a lot of guys who have been trying to help. (PBA legend) Mark Roth has been telling me, stop being so nice. Go beat people, so tonight I just decided to go for it. I was a lot more aggressive than I have been.”

Against Pedersen, Jurek’s only major mistake was leaving a 2-4-8-10 split in the fourth frame, but otherwise he was nearly perfect.

“Jack was due,” Pedersen said. “He’s been bowling really well. After he left the 2-4-8-10 (in the fifth frame), I was wondering if the old Jack was going to show up or the new one, but he persevered.”

In the first semifinal round between a pair of PBA Hall of Famers, Pedersen defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 267-226, putting a crimp in Weber’s hopes to overtake fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in the 2014 PBA50 Player of the Year race. That battle will be decided in the PBA50 Tour’s season finale in Welch, Minn., next week.

Duke, who leads the race with 56 points, failed to add to his total in Hammond when he was eliminated in the Round of 8. Weber picked up four points for finishing fourth to increase his total to 48 heading into Welch, Minn. Tom Baker of King, N.C., also remains in contention with 44 points. In the Player of the Year competition, 16 points will be awarded to the tournament winner, the runner-up gets eight points, third-place is worth four points and the fourth-place finisher earns two points.

In the second semifinal match, Jurek, a PBA50 Tour rookie and two-time PBA Tour title winner, used a string of nine strikes to defeat Canadian John Chapman, 267-206. For Chapman, who was trying for his first PBA50 title, it was his highest finish as a senior player.

The most dramatic match of the tournament came in the best-of-five-game Round of 16 when Chapman eliminated Duke, 3-2. After Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Chapman rallied to win the last three games, 247-234, 231-224 and 248-247.

The PBA50 Tour concludes its 2014 season next week with the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. The season-finale gets underway with a special “Pete Weber Knock Down Pins for Cancer” event on Sunday, Aug. 10, followed by eight-game qualifying rounds Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. After 16 games, the top 32 players will advance to single-elimination match play competition beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Round of 8, followed by semifinal and championship rounds, begin at 5 p.m.

The Pete Weber fund-raising event and all rounds of the tournament will be carried live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8
Thursday’s final results
At Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

Championship:
Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. ($7,500) def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000), 242-205.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $2,500):
Pedersen def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 267-226.
Jurek def. John Chapman, Canada, 267-206.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $1,600):
Jurek def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-0.
Weber def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.
Pedersen def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Chapman def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2-1.

Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,300):
Weber def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-0.
Breeden def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-2.
Bohn def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-1.
Jurek def. Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3-1.
Baker def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., 3-2.
Williams def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-0.
Chapman def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.

Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,100):
Goebel def. Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3-1.
Breeden def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1.
Painter def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-0.
Mohr def. Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3-2.
Thomas def. Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3-0.
Baker def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-2.
Williams def. Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-0.
Duke def. Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 3-0.

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50th Anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Returns to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis

by Bill Vint August 7, 2014 09:38

INDIANAPOLIS – Woodland Bowl, the host for some of the most memorable championships in Professional Bowlers Association history, will once again step into the spotlight early in 2015 when  the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions returns to the city where it was born.

The newly-renovated Woodland Bowl will host the milestone Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Wednesday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 15, when ESPN will televise the finals live at 1 p.m. ET. First prize will be $50,000. All qualifying and match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s subscription-based online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Throughout its history, Woodland Bowl has hosted 30 PBA Tour events including four U.S. Opens, two PBA World Championships, two PBA Touring Players Championships and, most recently, the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions which was won in historic fashion by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber.

Weber also won the 1991 U.S. Open and 1992 PBA Touring Players Championships at Woodland.

“I told (Woodland Bowl general manager) Jim Doty, what a great place to break Earl’s record,” Weber said, referring to the fact that he’s currently tied with PBA legend Earl Anthony with 10 PBA major titles. “I feel comfortable when I walk in the door because I know I’m going to bowl well.”

Weber will have opportunities to break the majors record in the PBA World Championship later this year in Las Vegas or the United States Bowling Congress Master the week prior to the Tournament of Champions, but if he doesn’t win either of those events, he’ll come to Indianapolis with a lot of confidence.

“When I heard the news that we’re going back to Woodland, I told myself I know I can win there. You always want to do something Earl hasn’t done, so winning my 11th major there would be really cool.”

Weber tied Anthony for most PBA majors when he defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the 2013 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, becoming the oldest player ever to win at the TOC at age 50 and becoming the only player in PBA history to complete the PBA Triple Crown (TOC, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship) twice. Belmonte will return to Indianapolis as defending TOC champion after winning the 2014 title in Allen Park, Mich.

The return of the TOC to Indianapolis is significant because the tournament originated at Play Bowl in 1962 in Indianapolis and Indianapolis was the home to titled sponsor Barbasol when it was invented as the first commercial shaving cream in 1919.

“We’re very happy to continue our long-standing partnership with the PBA,” said Barbasol Director of Media Relations Dean Bring. “Barbasol has a rich legacy of sports sponsorship and to be aligned with the PBA’s signature event is a great fit for both of our organizations.”

Tournament of Champions week will begin with PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The PBA will announce additional details regarding the hall of fame soon.

A capacity field of 150 champions will begin competition on Wednesday, Feb. 11, with eight-game qualifying rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Every PBA member in good standing who has ever won a PBA title – PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional or PBA Women’s Series – will be eligible to participate.

After a third qualifying round Thursday morning, the top 24 players will advance to eight-game round-robin match play rounds Thursday and Friday to determine the five stepladder finalists.

Saturday’s schedule will feature three pro-am squads for Indianapolis area grassroots men, women, youth and senior league bowlers.

In addition to live coverage of the finals on ESPN, the Tournament of Champions will be seen around the world on Xtra Frame from the start of qualifying through match play, plus pre- and post-finals special shows. Xtra Frame subscriptions are available for $64.99 for a full year or $7.99 for one month. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)

Tuesday, Feb. 10
1 p.m. – Official practice session
6 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies and dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players
5 p.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players

Thursday, Feb. 12
10 a.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players
  Top 24 after 24 games advance to round-robin match play
5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play

Friday, Feb. 13
10 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play
5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play
  Top five after 48 games advance to stepladder finals

Saturday, Feb. 14
9:30 a.m., 3:30 and 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, Feb. 15
1 p.m. – Top five, ESPN stepladder finals (live)

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PBA Spare Shots: Hall of Famer Jason Couch Wins PBA East “Super Regional” in Delaware

by Bill Vint August 7, 2014 03:03

PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA competition in a year, defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 234-190, to win the $15,000 first prize in the PBA Gene Carter Pro Shop Classic, a PBA East Region “super regional,” at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., Sunday. PBA’s Xtra Frame fans got to watch the entire tournament unfold live, start-to-finish, on PBA’s online bowling channel.

Couch, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2012, had not competed in a PBA event since announcing his retirement from PBA Tour competition a year ago. After qualifying 14th, Couch posted a 12-4 match play record to become the tournament leader entering the stepladder finals. He broke open a title battle with Shafer when Shafer lost his footing in the final frame and opened.

In addition to his 26th career PBA Regional title, Couch took home a $15,000 prize, the largest payoff in PBA East Region history, surpassing the $12,500 prize earned last year by Danny Wiseman of Baltimore. The tournament drew a field of 171 participants from 18 states and two Canadian provinces.

XTRA FRAME HEADS TO MINNESOTA, IOWA

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel, will head to Minnesota and Iowa to wrap up a busy month of live Internet coverage of PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional competition. Next up is the PBA50 Tour’s season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13, followed by the PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Region Open from Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 23-24. The Bowlerama event will include coverage of the first of three PBA Women’s Regional competitions in the Midwest Region.

Featured events on the September calendar will include 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.

Fans who haven’t experienced Xtra Frame can enroll under the monthly rate of $7.99, or sign up for a full year for $64.99. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

WBT THAILAND IS FINAL WORLD BOWLING TOUR QUALIFYING EVENT

The three berths in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, to be contested during PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas over the Nov. 1-2 weekend, will be finalized at the conclusion of the WBT Thailand at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok Aug. 18-25.

Heading into the Thailand event, Finnish-American star Mika Koivuniemi leads men’s points list in the two-year points cycle with 555 points, 17 points head of Australia’s two-handed star Jason Belmonte. Defending WBT Thailand and WBT Men’s Finals winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is third with 534 points – four behind Belmonte and 27 points ahead of England’s Dom Barrett.

With 50 points awarded to the winner in Thailand, the race for the top three positions is wide open.

In the women’s points race, defending WBT Women’s Finals winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., has clinched the No. 1 berth with 683 points, more than 200 ahead of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (459). Sweden’s Sandra Andersson is third with 396 points and could be overtaken by Singapore’s Jazreel Tan (351) or Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (346).

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: NORTON, PARKIN TEAM UP TO WIN BONNEAU MIXED DOUBLES

● Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., teamed up to win the 15th annual Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Tournament in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. While the event was not an official PBA tournament, it is supported by the PBA, a number of PBA members support its mission and the PBA grants regional titles to the winner(s) if either/both are PBA members…so the victory gave Norton his seventh PBA Regional title and Parkin became the first woman to win three PBA Regional titles.

Norton and Parkin posted an 8,987 pinfall total to split an $8,000 first prize and a 66-pin margin of victory of Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and his partner, Kristina Wendell of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., finished third; the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished fourth and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished fifth.

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas picked up $1,700 and his 13th career PBA Regional title when he defeated traveling roommate Darren Peters of Temecula, Calif., 211-167, to win the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Arlington Heights, Ill., Sunday.

● First-year PBA member Chris Spoo of Boynton Beach, Florida, defeated Dave Shinn of West Columbia, S.C., 254-158, to win the PBA Pensacola South Open title at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., Sunday, earning $1,700 along with his first PBA Regional title.

The tournament featured an eliminator format that involved cutting the field in half after each one-game round. Spoo made it through the Round of 18 by qualifying in eighth place with a 202 game, second in the Round of 9 with a 245 and second in the Round of 4 with a 198 to advance to the title match.

The tournament also featured an experimental re-entry format, allowing players to bowl the qualifying round more than once if they elected to do so in order to qualify for the cashers’ round.

● On the Aug. 8-10 PBA Regional schedule is the Waccamaw Myrtle Beach South Classic (including a PBA Women’s Regional series points event) at Waccamaw Bowling Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Killeen Southwest Open (also a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, and the Bowlers Supply/Storm East Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.

The Aug. 15-17 weekend includes the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Bowling Dynamix, for non-champions, in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by Dexter at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.; the Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., and the Lefeld Implement Central Classic (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The Aug. 22-24 regional schedule includes the Fayetteville South Open (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone in Deptford, N.J.; the PBA and PBA50 Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Capital City West/Northwest Opens presented by DV8 (a PBA Women’s West and Northwest Region points event) in Citrus Heights, Calif.; the Greenville Southwest Open presented by allbowling.com (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical (a live Xtra Frame event and a PBA Women’s Regional points event) in Des Moines, Iowa.

The extended Labor Day weekend includes another full schedule of events, including the PBA50 Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) followed by the PBA50 Mooresville South Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge (for non-winners) plus the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Tournament of Champions (for PBA title winners) at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill.

Kicking off the September schedule will be the PBA50 Kingsport Super Senior South Open for players 60 and older at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 2-4, followed by Sept. 5-7 weekend events including 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.

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 Director of Events and Community Relations Janay Haggerty and husband P.J. are the proud parents of twins Sloan Elizabeth and Cooper J., born on Friday, Aug. 1 – just in time for National Twins Weekend (according to P.J.).

Jason Tidwell of Odessa, Texas, a first-year PBA member who joined in April, is the July winner in the PBA’s HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes, receiving a $250 certificate for lodging booked through the PBA’s official travel partner. To enter, book a hotel room through any link on pba.com, or by using this link: http://pba.hotelplanner.com/, before Aug. 31. For each reservation you make, you’ll receive an additional free entry into the sweepstakes. A second drawings will take place on July 31 and August 31.

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Entries Open Aug. 15 for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Bill Vint August 4, 2014 06:02

SEATTLE – Entries will open on Friday, Aug. 15, for the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling VI which returns to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 with a proven formula, a capacity field of the world’s most talented bowlers and a few new wrinkles.

The World Series, which made its debut in suburban Detroit in 2009, has evolved into an international showcase for bowlers from around the world, and the sixth edition of the multi-event championships will carry on the tradition of drama and excitement with the addition of a new PBA Challenge television show and a first-look at the new South Point Bowling Stadium which will host World Series TV finals.

WSOB VI will include more than 50 hours of live coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, as well as 10 hours of national television coverage on ESPN.

WSOB VI will include its traditional PBA “animal pattern” championships – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – along with the final major of the 2014 season, the PBA World Championship. Cumulative qualifying scores for 28 games in the four animal pattern events will determine the 24 players who will advance to the PBA World Championship match play finals.

As always, the World Series also will play a key role in deciding the 2014 PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races.

The PBA anticipates another sold-out field of 240 of the world’s most talented players representing an estimated 20 countries (the 2013 field drew representatives from a record 23 countries). Among the star-studded field of bowlers will be defending champions Wes Malott (Cheetah), Chris Barnes (Viper), Ryan Ciminelli (Chameleon), Tom Smallwood (Scorpion) and Dom Barrett (PBA World Championship).

A $900 entry fee will include all five PBA Tour events. Based on a full field, first prize in each of the four animal pattern events will be $20,000 with 32 places cashing. The PBA World Championship will offer a $50,000 first prize with 60 cashing positions. With a total prize fund of more than $650,000, the World Series will be the richest event in professional bowling.

New to the World Series program will be the PBA50 Tour Finals, PBA Regional Finals and PBA Women’s Regional Finals – each of which will include eight competitors who will earn berths based on competition points races earlier in the season. The eight PBA50 Tour players will qualify based on 2014 competition points. The eight PBA Regional Finals and eight PBA Women’s Regional Finals players will include top points qualifiers from the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regions along with players from the new PBA Japan Region.

In each case, the eight players will bowl an eight-game round-robin match play event on Friday, Oct. 24, with the top two players advancing to a new PBA Challenge TV show where they’ll join 2014 Teen Masters boys and girls champions Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y., in a four-match special event for ESPN.

The PBA International Tour/World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals also will be part of the World Series lineup. Additional details regarding World Series television events will be announced soon.

All of the preliminary rounds of the World Series will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI SCHEDULE
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (ESPN finals in South Point Bowling Stadium)
(All times Pacific)
 
Thursday, Oct. 23
6 p.m. – Players meeting (mandatory for all WSOB participants)
7:45 p.m. – Tournament rules meeting (mandatory for first-time WSOB participants)

Friday, Oct. 24
8 a.m. – Squad A practice session
Noon – Squad B practice session
2:30 p.m. – Xtra Frame Champion’s Challenge match play finals (eight PBA50 Tour qualifiers; eight PBA Regional Tour qualifiers, eight PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers; top two in each event advance to PBA Challenge Finals ESPN telecast), live coverage on Xtra Frame
 
Saturday, Oct. 25
PBA Cheetah Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Sunday, Oct. 26
PBA Viper Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Monday, Oct. 27
PBA Chameleon Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Tuesday, Oct. 28
PBA Scorpion Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Top 24 based on 28 combined qualifying games from Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion championships advance to PBA World Championship round robin match play
11 a.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
6 p.m. – PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
 
Thursday, Oct. 30
12:30 p.m. – All Regions practice session
2 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
  Top five advance to TV finals

Friday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (A squad qualifying, 8 games)
2 p.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (B squad qualifying, 8 games)
  Top 16 advance to single elimination match play

Saturday, Nov. 1
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles Round of 16 (best of five games)
10 a.m. – All Regions Singles Round of 8 (best of three games)
11 a.m. – All Regions Singles Semifinal Round (one game)
11:30 a.m. – All Regions Singles Championship (one game)
2 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles qualifying (7 games)
  Top 16 teams advance to single-elimination match play

Sunday, Nov. 2
8 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 16 (best of five games)
11 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 8 (best of three games)
1 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Semifinal Round (one game)
1:45 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Championship (one game)
 
WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, to be announced

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