Shannon O’Keefe, Bill O’Neill Dominate Match Play to Win PBA-PWBA XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Jerry Schneider August 2, 2015 10:35

HOUSTON, Texas – Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., won their first seven of eight matches Sunday to run away with the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament title at Palace Lanes, repeating their title-winner performance of 2013.

O’Keefe, an 11-time Team USA member and currently head women’s bowling coach at McKendree University, earned her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title while O’Neill picked up his seventh Professional Bowlers Association title and second of the 2015 season. The winning pair also split the $15,000 first prize.

O’Keefe and O’Neill came into the eight-game match play final round in seventh place, but averaged a combined 214 for 20 doubles games and earned 210 match play bonus pins, charging into the lead after four other teams each held the lead for one game earlier in the match play finals. With a 160-pin lead going into the final game, O’Keefe and O’Neill finally lost a match to runners-up Lynda and Chris Barnes, but they still won comfortably, 8,782-8,707 pins.

“We were fortunate to win our first two matches because we didn’t bowl that well, but we both made ball changes in game three and from that point on, we really bowled well,” O’Neill said. “The scores were a lot lower than I thought, but the conditions just got really flat and made it hard for the women. Fortunately I bowled with one of the women who can get inside and hook the ball. When she found it, she got her confidence back and really bowled well.”

It was O’Keefe’s third Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title. She also won the 2012 title with her husband, Bryan.

“I finally got the monkey off my back and I couldn’t be happier to win my first PWBA title, thanks to Bill,” O’Keefe said. “PWBA went away and for the past decade, I’ve bowled with Team USA and that has kept me going. I’m way too competitive to not want to bowl.”

“Bryan was coaching Team USA at the Tournament of Americas in 2013, and it conflicts with this tournament, so I asked Bill if he’d like to bowl and we won,” O’Keefe said. “This year I asked him early and got him locked up.”

“I was just very fortunate that Bryan doesn’t bowl that much anymore and let me bowl with his wife,” O’Neill said.

The tournament, which also serves as a fund-raiser in support of The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah, raised more than $74,000 for its charities. Over its 16-year history, the tournament has raised more than $725,000 to fight breast cancer.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service will offer doubleheader coverage of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles from Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., along with the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Resort & Casino from West Ridge Lanes in Topeka, Kan., over the Aug. 6-8 weekend. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill./Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 7-1, 8,782, $15,000.
2, Lynda/Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-3, 8,707, $8,000.
3, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 5-3, 8,532, $5,000.
4, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3-5, 8,458, $4,000.
5, Diana Zavjalova/David Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3-5, 8,407, $3,000.
6, Verity Crawley, England/Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 8,352, $2,500.
7, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla./E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2-6, 8,337, $2,200.
8, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 4-4, 8,311, $2,000.

Other Cashers (after 12 games):
9, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,999, $1,800.
10, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,993, $1,700.
11, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 4,988, $1,600.
12, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 4,981, $1,500.
13, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,980, $1,450.
14, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,970, $1,400.
15, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 4,924, $1,350.
16, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas/Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,920, $1,300.
17, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winterhaven, Fla., 4,892, $1,250.
18, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 4,874, $1,200.
19, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y./Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,870, $1,180.
20, Maria Rodriguez/Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 4,861, $1,160.
21 (tie), Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 4,860, $1,130.
23, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,856, $1,100.
24, Heather Whitney/Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 4,854, $1,080.
25, Clara Guerrero/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,831, $1,060.
26, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md./Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 4,803, $1,040.
27, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago/DJ Archer, Kingswood, Texas, 4,764, $1,020.
28, Sandra Gongora/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 4,700, $1,000.
29, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 4,685, $800.
30, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y./Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 4,681, $750.

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Lynda and Chris Barnes Take Qualifying Lead in PBA-PWBA XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Doubles

by Bill Vint August 1, 2015 14:37

HOUSTON, Texas – Lynda and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, husband-and-wife teammates, doubles partners and occasional opponents since 1997, averaged a combined 214.6 over eight games to take the qualifying lead in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Saturday at Palace Lanes.

Lynda Barnes, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, and husband Chris, an 18-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, finished qualifying with 3,434 pins to take a one-pin lead over Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, and Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, into Sunday’s four-game cashers’ round.

Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth were in third place with 3,417 pins followed by recent Robert Morris University-Illinois graduates and dating couple Jackie Carbonetto of Blauvelt, N.Y., and Matt Gasn of Laurel, Md., who were fourth with 3,415 pins.

Lynda Barnes, who gave the couple the lead with a 279 final game Saturday, said she and Chris have bowled together before with mixed results, “but we keep trying. We seem to get calmer every year. It’s a challenge to bowl with your husband, but I’d really rather not bowl with anyone else.”

Chris Barnes, who won the 2001 tournament with partner Amy Dillon, admitted he and Lynda have bowled as Team USA teammates beginning in 1997, as doubles partners and once in a while, against each other, but enjoying the success as partners is the best option.

“As you spend more time together, you figure out how to communicate and play together at the best level, which is the long way of saying I don’t talk anymore,” Chris grinned. “Today she had the better ball reaction and after watching some of the other guys at the time in the tournament when the guys start moving to play an inside angle, I was watching Lynda and she had a four-bagger (playing a much straighter shot), so I tried to play as close to where she was playing as possible.”

The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.

The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.

For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games, top 30 advance to cashers’ round Sunday)
1, Lynda /Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,434.
2, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,433.
3, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
4, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y./Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 3,415.
5 (tie), Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill./Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,403.
7, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio/David Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,386.
8, Verity Crawley, England/Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,336.
9, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./arshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,312.
10, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,307.
11, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 3,281.
12, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago/DJ Archer, Kingswood, Texas, 3,275.
13, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
14, Clara Guerrero/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,261.
15, Heather Whitney/Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,260.
16, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
17, Sandra Gongora/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,250.
18, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./ Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 3,249.
19, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winterhaven, Fla., 3,248.
20, Maria Rodriguez/Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 3,232.
21, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
22, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,221.
23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
24, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md./Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,213.
25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas/Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,212.
26, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y./Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3,208.
27, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,206.
28, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,204.
29, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y./Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 3,202.
30, x-Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 3,200.

Failed to advance:

31, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
32, Brandi Calderon/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
33, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
34, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
35 (tie), Kristina Frahm/John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
37, Jessica/Ryan Abel, Rose Hill, Kan., 3,180.
38, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah/Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., 3,171.
39, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas/Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,145.
40, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas/Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., 3,144.
41, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,138.
42, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
43, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark./Michael Shirley, North Little Rock, Ark., 3,134.
44, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif./Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,126.
45, Tina/Stuart Williams, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,125.
46, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
47, Kerry Moreland/Ryan Holland, Houston, Texas, 3,120.
48 (tie), Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah/Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, and Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
50, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah/Michael Haugen, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,111.
51, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
52, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa./Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,100.
53, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Kelly Ray, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,089.
54, Ashley Adams, Dallas, Texas/Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,077.
55, April Ellis-Murphy, Wichita, Kan./Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,075.
56, Jasmine Coleman, Manteca, Calif./Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,074.
57, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
58, Carolyn Dorin Ballard, Keller, Texas/Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,056.
59 (tie), Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif./Brian Valenta, Valparaiso, Ind., and Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
61, Elizabeth Sienicki, San Jose, Calif./Eric Traylor, Cypress, Texas, 3,050.
62, Samantha Kelly/Eric Fritton, Milwaukee, Wis., 3,045.
63, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
64 (tie), Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y./Craig Nidiffer, Detroit, Mich., and Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
66, Kaidee Sutphin/David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
67, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
68, Kamilah Dammers, Aruba/Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,014.
69, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
70, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,004.
71, Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas/Peter Wong, Houston, Texas, 3,001.
72, Mariana Alvarado, Alexandria, Va./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,987.
73, Crystal Boutotte, Montgomery, Texas, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981
74, Laura Hardeman, San Diego, Calif./Steve Smith, San Diego, Texas, 2,973.
75, Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./eoffrey Young, Keller, Texas, 2,971.
76, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas/David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 2,961.
77 (tie), Erica McPhail, Copperas Cove, Texas/Josh Maxson, Killeen, Texas, and Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
79, Connie Esters/Jack Bevelhymer, League City, Texas, 2,934.
80, Nicole Parkhurst, Utica, N.Y./Steve Lemke, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2,933.
81, Maggie Adams/Kevin Lepler, Houston, Texas, 2,929.
82, Michelle Sterner, Buffalo, N.Y./Jason Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,923.
83, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
84, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
85, Diana Jessie, Dallas, Texas/Toney Nelson, Grapevine, Texas, 2,904.
86, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
87, Cathy Nelson, Lakeside, Texas/Billy Fontenot, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,888.
88, Courtney/Kevin Bolin, Katy, Texas, 2,883.
89, Tristan Senegal, Baton Rouge, La./Omar Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 2,882.
90, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas/Brett Wolfe, Mesa, Ariz., 2,881.
91 (tie), Joi Bell , Pflugerville, Texas/Terence McQueen, Houston, Texas; Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va./Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., and Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
94, Bryanna Caldwell/Randy Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,867.
95, Debby Oulicky/Robert McBride, Dallas, Texas, 2,863.
96, Sandi Charles, Nolanville, Texas/CJ Thomas, Shreveport, La., 2,859.
97, Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas/Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,849.
98, Britney Russell, Houston, Texas/Will Werner, Montgomery, Texas, 2,845.
99, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
100, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla./Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 2,831.
101 (tie), Brette Joseph, Pflugerville, Texas/Warren Waggett, Houston, Texas; Kiyoko McDonald, McKinney, Texas/AJ Rice, Phoenix City, Ala., and Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
104, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
105, Alice Hale, Austin, Texas/Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
106, Nichole DePaul Miller, Baytown, Texas/Mark London, La Porte, Texas, 2,810.
107, Mary Jo Cox/Lee Lorts, Houston, Texas, 2,806.
108, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
109, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas/John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 2,794.
110, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
111, Diva Gwiscz/Kevin Foerster, Houston, Texas, 2,773.
112, Deidra Johnson/Darrin Senegal, Baton Rouge, La., 2,770.
113, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
114 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737.
116, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
117, Norma Manns, Austin, Texas/David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 2,712.
118, Sue Jeziorski, West Seneca, N.Y./John Kroll, West Seneca, N.Y., 2,705.
119, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
120, Laura Godfrey, San Antonio, Texas/Chris Bryant, Austin, Texas, 2,697.
121, Tamara Thompson, Grand Prairie, Texas/Clint Land, Houston, Texas, 2,685.
122, Rocky Boubel, Selma, Texas/Mark Waldrep, Longboat Key, Fla., 2,680.
123, Taylor Evans, Katy, Texas/Jeremy Evans, Taylor, Texas, 2,675.
124, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
125, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
126, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.
  x-Romeo and VanDaniker def. Thornton and Lavery-Spahr, 458-414, for the final place in the cashers’ round.

300 Games: Blake Paris.

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Long-Time Doubles Partners Anita Arnett, Tyler Jensen Hold Early Lead in PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame “Luci” Mixed

by Bill Vint July 31, 2015 12:56

HOUSTON, Texas – Former collegiate star Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and partner Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth led the first qualifying squad in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Friday at Palace Lanes, averaging a composite 213.56 to pace their 42-team squad with a 3,417 pinfall total.

In second place after the opening squad were Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon, Mich., and Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, with a combined eight-game total of 3,272 pins, 145 pins behind the leaders.

Arnett, 32, and Jensen, 31, had never met until they were paired by tournament founder Donna Conners 10 years ago. Arnett, who was known as Anita Manns when she was named 2002 USBC Albert Crowe Star of Tomorrow and won collegiate woman bowler of the year at Wichita State University, is now a pediatric nurse and the married mother of year-and-a-half-old son Mason. Jensen is a regional salesman for Storm Bowling Products, married with a young son.

But 10 years ago they were just two talented young bowlers. “Donna told me I needed to bowl in her tournament, and she told Anita she needed to bowl,” Jensen said, “and then she put us together. We’ve bowled together ever since.”

“We have a blast,” Arnett said. “Our personalities click. We laugh so much.”

“It’s like, wow, we’re done – see you next year,” Jensen laughed.

“We’ve bowled well together,” Arnett added. “We finished second or third one year.”

“Yeah, I can’t remember either. It’s like being married for 10 years and you forget.”

Arnett, said she doesn’t bowl as much as she once did due to her job and family, but is bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association events when it’s practical. Jensen is a 12-year part-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour player and a regular in regional competition.

Their scores are likely to advance them into Sunday’s 30-team cashers round, but that will depend on how the two additional squads of 42 teams each bowl in their eight-game qualifying rounds on Saturday. Among the teams yet to bowl are three-time winners Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and partner Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio.

The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.

The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.

For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Friday

Qualifying Round One (after 8 games, Squad C only; Squads A and B bowl round one on Saturday)
1, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
2, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
3, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
4, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
5, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
6 (tie), Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., and Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
8, Brandi/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
9, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
10, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
11, Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
12, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
13, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
14, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
15, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
16, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
17, Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
18, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
19, Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
20, Kaidee Sutphin, Orlando, Fla./David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
21, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
22, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
23, Crystal Boutotte/Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981.
24, Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
25, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
26, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
27, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
28, Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
29, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
30, Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
31, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
32, Alice Hale , Austin, Texas, Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
33, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
34, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
35, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
36 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.,/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737
38, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
39, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
40, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
41, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
42, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.

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PBA Spare Shots: China’s PBA Pioneers League Continues to Pursue PBA Status

by Bill Vint July 29, 2015 04:23

The Longmarch PBA Pioneers League in China is currently in its fifth season of working to develop players to PBA membership eligibility status. The PBA Pioneers League program involves rigorous three-day, 12-games-a-day qualifying events, and requires players to average at least 200 in order to meet the PBA’s minimum eligibility requirement before applying for membership.

Longmarch Bowling owner Frank Zhao, who founded the PBA league program, said 26 bowlers from all parts of China are competing in the current session, which got underway following a Brunswick-sponsored visit to China by PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, PBA Tour Reps Chuck Gardner and Pat Mitchell for a series of clinics, pro-ams and exhibitions.

Representatives of the Pioneers league program will travel to Reno in December to compete in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, following in the footsteps of the first delegation of Chinese bowlers ever to compete in the WSOB last fall at South Point in Las Vegas.

Zhao also said it appears representatives of the China Bowling Association and the China Sport Bureau will join the Chinese PBA members in Reno this year as the world’s largest nation continues to pursue training and education for its emerging bowling programs.

PBA, PWBA MEMBERS WIN GOLD MEDALS IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES BOWLING

PBA member Dan MacLelland of Canada, and PBA/PWBA members Clara Guerrero of Colombia and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, were gold-medal winners in the recently-completed Pan American Games bowling competition in Toronto.

MacLelland and Wichita State University star Francois Lavoie won the men’s doubles gold medal with a 12-game combined total of 5,607 pins, topping Colombia’s Jaime Gonzalez and Manual Otalora by 318 pins and Team USA bronze medalists Tommy Jones and Devin Bidwell, who finished with 5,203 pins.

Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo won women’s doubles with 5074 pins, topping former PBA Women’s Series titlists Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson by 149 pins.

Brazil’s Marcelo Suartz won men’s singles with a 201-189 over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, who was representing his home country of Venezuela. Monacelli defeated MacLelland, 187-178, and Suartz eliminated Bidwell, 202-182, in the semifinal round.

Pluhowsky, who also won women’s singles in 2003, got her second gold medal in the event with a 223-212 victory over Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic. Pluhowsky defeated Restrepo, 214-212, and Guerra defeated Johnson, 258-181, in the women’s semifinal round.

SEAN RASH TO FULFILL “WISH” FOR 11-YEAR-OLD OHIO BOY

Eight-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., will meet and bowl with 11-year-old Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., prior to the start of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, fulfilling Wohrer’s request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wohrer, who suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer that affects mostly young people, will bowl with Rash at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Thursday morning, he will again meet Rash, have a bowling ball drilled on the PBA truck while touring the PBA’s equipment transport, and meet other PBA players.

Wohrer and his family will then be guests of the PBA and Olympia Lanes to attend the rest of the tournament.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PBA/PWBA STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will close out its July schedule with live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2. A sold-out field of 128 teams, including a number of PBA Tour champions and current PWBA Tour competitors, will compete for the $15,000 first prize.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Bowling fans also can watch coverage of the USBC Senior Masters from Green Bay, Wis., on USBC’s BowlTV video-streaming service, and link to “live scoring” by visiting pba.com’s home page. Visit bowl.com for the full schedule. BowlTV is a free service.

The August 6-8 Xtra Frame schedule includes doubleheader coverage of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles from Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., along with the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Resort & Casino from West Ridge Lanes in Topeka, Kan.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 22 YEARS LATER, STAIKOFF GETS FIRST PBA TITLE

With a bit of help from partner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, PBA veteran Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., won his first PBA title in 22 years as a member on Friday, July 24, when the duo won the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Midwest Doubles title at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

Staikoff, 67, teamed with Scroggins, a two-time PBA50 Tour winner in his PBA50 rookie year, to defeat Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. and partner Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 258-232, in the final Baker format doubles match.

After competing on the PBA50 Tour for 17 years, Staikoff made news earlier this season when he led after the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track. His best previous PBA50 Tour finish was third in the 2003 Senior Manassas Open.

Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 227-187, to win the PBA Pure-It Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa., Sunday. The win was Allen’s third of the year and the 27th title of his career. 

Allen used two different bowling balls throughout the stepladder finals to deal with a tricky left lane. Allen posted a 10-2 match play record to qualify third for the stepladder finals and won three straight matches to claim the title. After defeating John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 218-187, in the opening match, he defeated Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., 201-181, to advance to the title match.

Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich. defeated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by 123 pins to win the PBA Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., Sunday. Nidiffer finished with a 4-4 match play record and a total of 5,179 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins for his third career PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,600.

Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif. and Greg Thompson Jr. of Dublin, Calif., teamed up to defeat Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., 426-391, to win the PBA Sands Regency West\Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev., Sunday.

Deh earned his sixth PBA Regional title while Thompson picked up his third. The winning team shared the $3,600 first prize. The winning team defeated Californians Nick Morgan of Sacramento and Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, 445-370, in the semifinal round while Warren and Frankos defeated another set of Californians, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale and PJ Haggerty of Roseville, 20-18 in a two-ball (one shot by each player) sudden death roll-off after the teams tied at 352-352.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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

● Reminder: book a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com to become eligible for a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. And subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) to automatically enter MOTIV’s monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV bowling ball.

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Next Up on Xtra Frame: PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Bill Vint July 28, 2015 03:59

HOUSTON, Texas – The PBA Tour returns to action this week when it joins hands with the PWBA in a special event, the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, from Palace Lanes Friday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 2.

For the first time, the 16-year-old fund-raising tournament, held in the memory of former PWBA competitor Luci Bonneau, will award PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles to the winners, if they are PBA/PWBA members. PBA/PWBA stars Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., are defending champions.

Fans can catch all the action when live wire-to-wire coverage begins on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Friday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT), when the first of three squads will bowl their eight-game qualifying round. Qualifying continues Saturday with the two more squads bowling at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) and 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. CT).  The top 30 teams after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers’ round at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) Sunday, and the top eight teams will then bowl the eight-game round robin match play final round at 1 p.m. ET (12 noon CT). The winner will be decided based upon combined 20-game pinfall totals.

The tournament, affectionately called “The Luci,” features an all-star field of 128 teams, plus two sold-out pro-am squads. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $650,000 in support of the fight against breast cancer in Bonneau’s memory.

For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage. Three-day subscriptions after available for $3.99, a full-month subscription costs $7.99 and the 12-month XF Season Ticket is offered at $64.99.

For a complete roster of players, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594. To make an online donation to the cause, click here: http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2 (all times are Central)

Thursday, July 30
2 p.m. – Open practice session
Friday, July 31
9 a.m. – Open practice session
1 p.m. - C Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Saturday, Aug. 1
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

  Top 30 teams after 8 games advance to cashers’ round
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad

Sunday, Aug. 2
8 a.m. - Top 30 teams, 4-game cashers’ round
  Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play
Noon - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play

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