PBA Spare Shots: Entries Open April 1 for PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing

by Bill Vint March 26, 2015 04:00

Entries into the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17, will open to the PBA general membership on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, April 1. A capacity field of 120 players is expected for the multi-event summer series.

For a $750 entry fee, players will be entered into the PBA Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments, plus they will be eligible to advance to the King of the Swing special event if they qualify during the tournament. All five events will be televised by CBS Sports Network; broadcast dates and times will be announced later.

The third annual Summer Swing offers 18 cashing spots and a $10,000 first prize for the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens – all of which will be contested on special “animal pattern” lane conditions. Based on combined qualifying pinfall totals for those three events, 40 players will cash in the Oklahoma Open, which will pay $20,000 to the winner. The King of the Swing will include the winners of those four events plus a “wild card” player, and will pay a top prize of $10,000. Complete tournament details are listed on pba.com under the “schedules” tab.

Entries must be submitted to Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com or call her: 206-332-9688.

The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort is offering a discounted $89 room rate to the PBA Summer Swing bowlers. Reservations can be made online at  www.grandresortok.com/hotel/. When booking your room, enter the code 150508PBA in the Group Code under “Advanced Options.”

BOHN, RASH ACHIEVE ELITE PBA MILLIONAIRE MILESTONES

The most current statistical analysis of PBA players shows PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., has joined Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Norm Duke as the fourth player in PBA history to surpass $3 million in career earnings.

With his 34th career victory in the PBA Players Championship, Bohn increased his career earnings to $3,000,056. Williams, the only player to exceed $4 million in PBA earnings, is currently at $4,580,444 followed by Weber at $3,825,313 and Duke at $3,188,263.

Also reaching a career milestone is Sean Rash who recently cracked the $1 million barrier and currently ranks 41st ($1,048,976). Rash, 32, made the elite club over a span of 278 PBA Tour events in his seven-year career and is one of 44 PBA “millionaires.”

Chris Barnes ($2,317,949) has moved past Amleto Monacelli ($2,289,389) into sixth place on the all-time earnings list, and Mika Koivuniemi has moved into the top 10 with $1,900,311, bumping Jason Couch ($1,791,702) into 11th place.

BARRETT, KULICK RETAIN LEADS IN WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS

After three weeks of World Bowling Tour competition in Qatar, Bahrain and Germany, England's Dom Barrett and the Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., maintained their positions at the top of the rolling two-year WBT points standings. Both took part in all three events.

Barrett leads the men's rankings with 608 points after earning one point in Qatar, eight in Bahrain and 20 in Germany. Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, is second with 564 points followed by Australian Jason Belmonte with 549 points.

Kulick extended her lead after picking up 25 points in Qatar, 15 in Bahrain and 40 in Germany. With 638 points, she’s comfortably ahead of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (526), and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., who picked up 100 points over the three events to make her first appearance in the top three with 433 points.

The top three men and three women on the WBT points lists will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, during PBA World Series of Bowling VII next fall at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The next event on the WBT schedule is the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing’s PBA Oklahoma Open in Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17.

“PHILADELPHIA HITMEN” VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL COMPLETE PBA LEAGUE SET

The eighth and final PBA League “virtual” bowling ball will be introduced into Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 26) when the Philadelphia Hitmen-logoed ball joins the lineup for gaming play for PBA Bowling Challenge players. Balls already available include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Motown Muscle, L.A. X and BROOKLYN STyLES. The final virtual ball will be introduced just ahead of the start of PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League virtual balls are in play for the more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHR WINS 19TH REGIONAL TITLE IN ODESSA

Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, turned back amateur Chris Kaiser, 258-172, to claim his 19th PBA Regional title Sunday in the fourth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl. Bohr started the championship match with a spare followed by seven strikes to coast to the $2,500 winner’s check.

Bohr, who finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place, received a bye to the best-of-three-game Round of 12 where he started his road to victory by edging West Texas State amateur Tyler Albracht, 2-1, eliminating Albracht, 20-18, in a two-frame roll-off to win the deciding game. Bohr then eliminated PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado of Houston and qualifying leader Clint Land of Richmond, Texas, in the semifinal round, 220-177.

● PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., 265-175, 257-205, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 33rd overall PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Fayetteville  Southern Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday. Baker earned $1,600.

Mike Danielson of Portland, Ore., defeated Brian Tinsley of Medford, Ore., 237-218, to win his fifth regional title and $2,000 in the PBA Northwest/West DV8 Open at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass, Ore., Sunday.

● Top qualifier Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 199-193, to win the PBA Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 for his first PBA Regional title at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, Sunday. Jordon earned $2,500.

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., defeated Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 269-216, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes in Elmira, N.Y., Sunday, for a $2,500 first prize and his 25th career regional title.

Curt Aemisegger of Wauconda, Ill., defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 276-228, to win the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., on Saturday. It was Aemisegger’s third career PBA regional title and earned him a $1,500 first prize.

● Wrapping up the March regional calendar over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, 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

● Correction: The Malaysian bowler who finished second to Josh Blanchard in the Brunswick Euro Challenge is Sin Li Jane, not Li Jane Sin as noted in the PBA release. Our apologies for the confusion over her name.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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PBA, PWBA Form New Strategic Partnership

by Bill Vint March 24, 2015 03:30

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) have formed a new strategic partnership to provide new events, exposure and services for women’s bowling.

Highlights of the new partnership include:
•    Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour
•    Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for the PWBA Tour
•    Exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Tour through the Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video streaming service
•    Eligibility for PWBA members to bowl in all PBA events
•    Expanded points program for women bowling in PBA regionals culminating in the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII

“Advancing opportunities for women professional bowlers has been a goal of the PBA for years and this partnership reinforces that commitment,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We also are thrilled to add PWBA to the Xtra Frame schedule to provide more programing for our subscribers and valuable content from a business perspective.”

The seven new PWBA regional events are women-only competitions conducted by PBA’s respective regional managers and will have a $10,000 prize fund based on a minimum of 40 entries. Host centers and cities for the new events include:
•    June 5-7 – Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif. (West Region)
•    June 12-14 – Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash. (Northwest Region)
•    June 26-27 – Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Central Region)
•    July 4-6 – Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. (South Region)
•    Sept. 25-27 – Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas (Southwest Region)
•    Sept. 27 – Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville, Ill. (Midwest Region)
•    tba – (East Region)

The new PWBA regional events will complement the PWBA Tour schedule. The 10 events on the PWBA Tour will have $60,000 in guaranteed prize money per event with a $10,000 first-place prize. The PWBA Tour schedule:
•    May 13-19 – USBC Queens, Green Bay, Wis. (major)
•    July 9-12 – PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Sacramento, Calif.
•    July 16-19 – PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas
•    July 23-26 – PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.
•    Aug. 6-9 – PWBA Topeka Open, Topeka, Kan.
•    Aug. 13-16 – PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb.
•    Aug. 20-23 – PWBA Minnesota Open, Welch, Minn.
•    Aug. 27-30 – PWBA Detroit Open, Canton, Mich.
•    Aug 31- Sept. 6 – Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open (major), North Brunswick, N.J.
•    Sept. 10-13 – PWBA Tour Championship, location TBD (major)

“This agreement further demonstrates the bowling industry’s commitment to the success of competitive women’s bowling,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Thanks to the PBA’s partnership, we are able to offer women bowlers the same top-level player services as men, plus additional events in more regions of the country.”

The PBA Women’s Regional points program, started by the PBA in 2014, will expand to include more than 70 additional PBA standard regional tournaments. These events will award points in tournaments across the United States and Japan under the PWBA name during the 2015 season.

Regional events afford women a professional environment close to home as part of weekend PBA Regional competition. The top points earners in each of eight regions with earn paid entries into this fall’s PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas and will have the opportunity to advance to the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge.

“I want to thank Tom Clark and the PBA for their leadership in helping put the pieces of this partnership in place,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “This agreement benefits the entire industry, including the ball brands, centers, fans and players. It is another example of working together to do what is in the best interest of bowling as we continue to build a future for the sport.”

Additional details about the PWBA regional point system events will be released soon.

2015 PWBA REGIONAL POINTS EVENTS SCHEDULE
(For complete tournament schedules and entry fee information, visit pba.com and click on the Schedules tab/Regional Tours)

EAST REGION
April 10-12 - Rockaway, N.J.
April 17-19 - Ellicott City (Baltimore), Md.
June 5-7 - Yonkers, N.Y.
June 19-21 - Howell, N.J.
May 15-17 - Syracuse, N.Y.
July 23-25 - Lebanon, Pa.
Aug. 6-8 - York, Pa.
Aug. 21-23 - Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)
Aug. 28-30 - Deptford, N.J.

CENTRAL REGION
March 20-22 - Hubbard, Ohio
April 11-12 - Kokomo, Ind.
April 18-19 - Elkhart, Ind.
May 8-10 - Lorain, Ohio
May 15-17 - Grove City, Ohio
June 19-21 - Wooster, Ohio
July 17-19 - Fishers, Ind.
July 24-26 - Angola, Ind.
Aug. 14-16 - Coldwater, Ohio
Sept. 11-13 - Wapakoneta, Ohio
Sept. 18-20 - Troy, Ohio
Oct. 3-4 - Kokomo, Ind.
Oct. 10-11 - Muskegon, Mich.
Dec. 11-13 - Allen Park, Mich. (Xtra Frame)

SOUTH REGION
April 10-12 - Bluffton, S.C.
May 15-17 - Marion, N.C.
June 5-7 - Easley, S.C.
June 19-21 - Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)
July 3-5 - Gastonia, N.C.
Aug. 14-16 - Spring Hill, Fla.
Aug. 28-30 - Fayetteville, N.C.
Oct. 16-18 - Franklin, Va.
Nov. 13-15 - Gloucester, Va.
Dec. 4-6 - Merritt Island, Fla.

MIDWEST REGION
June 5-6 - Richton Park, Ill.
June 13-14 - Elk Grove Village, Ill.
June 20 - Tinley Park, Ill.
June 21 - Tinley Park, Ill.
July 11 – St. Charles, Mo.
July 12 – St. Charles, Mo.
Aug. 8 - Lockport, Ill.
Sept. 5-6 - Peru, Ill.
Sept. 19-20 - Dubuque, Iowa
Sept. 25-26 - Carpentersville, Ill.
Oct. 9-11 - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)

SOUTHWEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Lakewood, Colo.
March 20-22 - Odessa, Texas
April 10-12 - Shawnee, Okla.
May 1-3 - Junction City, Kan. (joint with Midwest)
June 12-14 - Jonesboro, Ark. (joint with Midwest)
June 26-28 - Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)
July 17-19 - Fort Sill, Okla.
July 31-Aug. 2 - Houston, Texas (mixed doubles, Xtra Frame)
Aug. 7-9 - Killeen, Texas
Aug. 21-23 - Greenville, Texas
Sept. 11-13 - McAlester, Okla.
Sept. 25-27 - Tomball, Texas
Oct. 9-11 - Austin, Texas
Nov. 13-15 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nov. 20-22 - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 27-29 - Beaumont, Texas

WEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Sutter Creek, Calif.
April 10-12 - Dublin, Calif. (joint with Northwest)
April 26-28 - Kona, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
April 29 - Schofield Army Barracks, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
May 1-3 - Hickam AFB, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
March 6-8 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
June 5-7 - Montclair, Calif.
June 19-21 - Modesto, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 - Gilbert, Ariz.
Sept. 25-27 - Tuolumne, Calif.
Oct. 16-18 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
Dec. 11-13 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)

NORTHWEST REGION
May 22-24 - Puyallup, Wash.
Aug. 14-16 - Milwaukie, Ore.
March 20-22 - Grants Pass, Ore.
June 12-14 - Federal Way, Wash. (joint with West)
July 31-Aug. 2 - Boise, Idaho (joint with West)
 
JAPAN REGION
Dates and locations to be announced

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Arizona’s Josh Blanchard Wins First PBA Tour Title in 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bill Vint March 22, 2015 05:48

MUNICH, Germany – Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., won his first PBA Tour title Sunday, defeating Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane, 248-211, in the title match of the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace.

Blanchard, a 27-year-old fourth year PBA player and PBA’s 2011-12 Rookie of the Year, was the top qualifier following the six-game Step 2 qualifying round and a seven-game Step 3 match play round. Jane, one three women to advance to the Step 3 round, defeated Sweden’s young two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 225-214, in the semifinal match.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge was a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. Competition points were earned by men and women in the event, leading toward three berths in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will be contested during PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this fall.

The PBA Tour returns to action March 28-29 with the PBA League Elias Cup playoffs at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, followed by the Xtra Frame Maine Shootout March 30-31, also at Bayside Bowl. The Elias Cup playoffs will air on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays, beginning March 29 at 5 p.m. ET, and the Maine Shootout will air live, from start to finish, on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

12TH BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, March 22

Championship: Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($12,000) def. f-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia ($9,000), 248-211.
Semifinal Match: Jane def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden ($6,000), 225-214.

Step 3 final match play standings (after 13 games, includes match play bonus pins; top 3 advanced to stepladder finals)
1, Blanchard, 5-2, 3,135.
2, Svensson, 2-5, 3,104.
3, f-Jane, 4-3, 3,084.
4, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2-5, 3,045, $3,000.
5, Magnus Johnson, Sweden, 4-3, 2,983, $2,800.
6, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 4-3, 2,955, $2,600.
7, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 4-3, 2,930, $2,400.
8, James Gruffman, Sweden, 2-5, 2,918, $2,200.

Step 2 (failed to advance after 6 games; top 8 advanced to Step 3 match play)
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,310, $2,000.
10, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,306., $2,000.
11, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,297, $2,000.
12, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 1,297, $2,000.
13, Petteri Salonen, Finland, 1,294, $1,800.
14, f-Safiyah Amirah Siti, Malaysia, 1,281, $1,800.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 1,276, $1,800.
16, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,800.
17, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,272, $1,700.
18, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,267, $1,700.
19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,260, $1,700.
20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,256, $1,700.
21, f-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1,252, $1,600.
22, Dirk Dreyer, Germany, 1,250, $1,600.
23, Patrick Backe, Sweden, 1,237, $1,600.
24, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1,223, $1,600.
25, Richard Teece, England, 1,207, $1,500.
26, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,180, $1,500.
27, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,156, $1,500.
28, Stephan Unger, Germany, 1,104, $1,500.

Step 1 (failed to advance after 6 games; top 16 advanced to Step 2)
29, Olsson, Mattias, SWE, M, 1,301, $1,200.
30, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,295,$1,200.
31, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,294, $1,200.
32, f-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,289, $1,200.
33, f-Ida Andersson, Sweden, 1,285, $1,200.
34, f-Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 1,284, $1,200.
35, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,283, $1,200.
36, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,280, $1,200.
37, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,200.
38, Steven Gill, Scotland, 1,271, $1,000.
39, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,263, $1,000.
40, Mohd Nur Aiman, Malaysia, 1,260, $1,000.
41, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,259, $1,000.
42, Christopher Hachin, France, 1,255, $1,000.
43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 1,251, $1,000.
44 (tie), DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Yoan Alix, France, 1,249, $1,000.
46, Tobias Börding, Germany, 1,248, $1,000.
47, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 1,244, $900.
48, f-Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 1,243, $900.
49, f-Jelena Brandt, Latvia, 1,238, $900.
50, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,237, $900.
51, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,233, $900.
52, Mattias Möller, Sweden, 1,225, $900.
53, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,219, $900.
54 (tie), Tim Friedrichs, Germany, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,217, $900.
56, Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 1,198, $800.
57, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,178, $800.
58, f-Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 1,155, $800.
50, f-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,124, $800.
60, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,104, $800.
61, f-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,094.
62, Andreas Bösiger, Switzerland, 1,084, $800.
63, f-Joey Yeo, Singapore, 1,051, $800.
64, f-Sabrina Laub, Germany, 1,026, $800.

f-denotes female (women bowlers received 8 handicap pins per game)

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PBA Returns to ESPN on March 29 to Begin Four-Week PBA League Elias Cup Playoff Series

by Bill Vint March 19, 2015 04:45

CHICAGO – The stars of the Professional Bowlers Association return to ESPN on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. ET with the first in a four-week series of PBA League telecasts, concluding with the Elias Cup finals on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET. All PBA League competition will take place at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, as part of a six-day “Maine Event” which gets underway on Thursday, March 26.

The PBA’s first national tour visit to Maine will be an extended fan-oriented weekend hosted by an upscale bowling facility, beginning with an opportunity for grassroots bowlers in Maine to bowl alongside the world’s greatest bowlers in a special pro-am event on Thursday, March 26. Friday’s schedule includes practice sessions for individuals and teams (closed to the general public).

Competition officially gets underway on Saturday, March 28, with two PBA League quarterfinal round elimination matches. PBA League elimination matches will be best-of-two-game Baker format matches. If a match ends in a tie, a one-ball sudden-death roll-off will determine the winner.

The 2015 Elias Cup competition will begin with the 2013 Elias Cup-champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, led by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, bowling the first PBA League quarterfinal match at noon against the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES, led by 2012 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash. Immediately following the KingPins-STyLES match, the defending Elias Cup champion Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters, led by 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, will meet the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, led by England’s Dom Barrett. Both matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. ET.

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, quarterfinal competition will continue with the HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, led by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, meeting the Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (who ironically teamed with Malott to win the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in February). Closing the quarterfinal round will be a match between Detroit’s Barbasol Motown Muscle, led by 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett, vs. Wheaties L.A. X, led by two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte. Both matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

On noon on Sunday at Bayside Bowl, the KingPins-STyLES winner will bowl the winner of the Hitmen-Atom Splitters match, followed by the second semifinal round battle between the Jack Rabbits-Strikers winner vs. the Muscle-L.A. X winner. The Elias Cup, named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias, will be decided in a special singles, doubles, trios and Baker team showdown at 3:30 p.m. between the two semifinal round winners. The semifinal round matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. ET and the Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET.

The Maine Event continues Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, with the Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, a best-of-three-game single-elimination singles match play tournament that will be covered exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. It will be open to a field of 64 players, and it will involve four rounds of eight matches in the Round of 64 starting at 9 a.m. ET, followed by two rounds of eight matches in the Round of 32 on Monday. Competition continues with two rounds of four matches in the Round of 16, starting at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a Round of 8, a semifinal round and a championship match on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title.

The Maine Shootout will be part of hundreds of hours of PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and regional action in 2015 available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers at a monthly rate of $7.99, or for a 12-month XF Season Ticket price of only $64.99 (less than $5.50 per month). Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for complete details. Extensive coverage of all PBA activities also will be available through the PBA Network (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, PBA.com and more).

For admission ticket and pro-am information for the Maine Event weekend, contact Bayside Bowl at 207-791-2695.

2015 PBA MAINE EVENT SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (all times listed are Eastern)
 
Thursday, March 26
7 p.m. – Pro-Am squads
Friday, March 27
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Official practice session (closed to public)
6:15-6:45 p.m. – Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES, GEICO New York City WTT KingPins team practice
7-7:30 p.m. – High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters team practice
7:45-8:15 p.m. – HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers team practice
8:30-9 p.m. – Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle, Wheaties L.A. X team practice
Saturday, March 28 (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
Noon – Quarterfinal Match One: Concrete Software Brooklyn STyLES vs. GEICO NYC WTT Kingpins           
            Quarterfinal Match Two: High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters      
3:30 P.M. – Quarterfinal Match Three: HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jackrabbits vs. Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers       
            Quarterfinal Match Four: Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Wheaties L.A. X     
Sunday, March 29
Noon – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two (best of two games, Baker 1
    format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four (best of two games, Baker
    format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
3:30 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two, total pinfall (singles,
    1 point; alternate-shot doubles, 1 point; trios, 1 point; Baker team, 3 points; one-ball roll-off
    if necessary to break tie)
 
PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE

Sunday, March 29
7 p.m. – Match Play Draw Party (to determine Maine Shootout match play bracket pairings; live
    coverage on Xtra Frame)
Monday, March 30
9 a.m. – Round of 64, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
11 a.m. – Round of 64, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 64, round three (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
3:30 p.m. – Round of 64, round four (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
6 p.m. – Round of 32, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
8 p.m. – Round of 32, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
Tuesday, March 31
10 a.m. – Round of 16, round one (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, round two (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
2 p.m. – Round of 8 (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Semifinal Round)
6 p.m.– Semifinal Round (2 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Championship Match)
7:30 p.m. – Championship Match (best-of-three-games)

PBA LEAGUE ROSTERS

Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES (manager Johnny Petraglia): Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Walter Ray Williams Jr.
HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (manager Tim Mack): Wes Malott, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Osku Palermaa, Bryon Smith.
Wheaties L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen, Andres Gomez.
Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, Craig Nidiffer.
High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Ryan Shafer, Rhino Page.
Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Ronnie Russell, Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski, Mike DeVaney.
Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke): Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, Michael Haugen Jr., Norm Duke, Shawn Maldonado.
GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Mike Fagan, DJ Archer, Scott Norton, Amleto Monacelli.

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PBA Spare Shots: Tickets for Oklahoma Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing TV Finals Now on Sale

by Bill Vint March 18, 2015 03:24

Tickets for the CBS Sports Network finals of five PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing events are now available. The finals of the Wolf, Badger, Bear, PBA Oklahoma Open, and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event will be contested in the Grand Casino Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

Individual day passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=66 for $25. Day passes are for general admission seating in the balcony overlooking the two-lane bowling installation, and are good for all telecasts happening the day of purchase. Weekend passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=65. Tickets are $60 each, allow access to all finals conducted over the weekend, and will be good for general admission seating on the first floor bleachers next to the lanes.

The May 16 schedule includes the Wolf Open finals at 11 a.m. (CT), Bear Open at 2:30 and Badger Open at 5:15. The May 17 schedule includes the Oklahoma Open finals at noon and the King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

Summer Swing qualifying rounds will be held at nearby Firelake Bowling Center May 11-14. Defending champions are Sean Rash, Wolf Open; Ronnie Russell, Bear Open; Bill O’Neill, Badger Open, and Jason Belmonte, Oklahoma Open. O’Neill also won the King of Swing special event to conclude the 2014 Summer Swing.

For players and fans who are planning to travel to the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort & Hotel for the event, rooms can now be booked at http://www.grandresortok.com/hotel/ or by calling reservations at (405) 964-7777. Grand Casino Resort is a full-service complex featuring the 262-room Grand Hotel, restaurants, golf course and many other amenities.

Bowling fans also are invited to bowl with the pros in the pro-am program on Saturday, May 9, at Firelake. To enter contact the FireLake Bowling Center at (405) 275-0404.

“BROOKYN STyLES” PBA LEAGUE VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL DEBUTS THIS WEEK

Number seven in the series of PBA League “virtual” bowling balls being introduced into Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 19) will be the BROOKLYN STyLES. PBA League-logoed “virtual” team balls for gaming play already available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Motown Muscle and L.A. X. The final remaining PBA League virtual ball, featuring the Philadelphia Hitmen logo, will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal on March 26, just ahead of the start of PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League virtual balls are in play for the more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

BRUNSWICK STARS TO CONDUCT “MINI CAMPS” IN MAINE, NEW YORK, RHODE ISLAND

An all-star lineup of Brunswick pro staff players will participate in a series of four Brunswick Mini Camps in Maine, New York and Rhode Island in the weeks ahead, starting with a session at Sparetime Recreation in Hallowell, Maine, prior to start of the PBA’s “Maine Event” program in Portland.

Beginning with the Hallowell program on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., the mini camp program will include instruction programs on lane play and ball layout involving Brunswick/DV8 staff members PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Johnny Petraglia; former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash; PBA Tour champions Tom Smallwood, Jason Sterner, Tom Hess and Ryan Ciminelli; two-handed veteran Brian Valenta, and Brunswick/DV8 ball rep Chuck Gardner.

Additional mini camps are scheduled for April 1 at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, N.Y.; April 2 at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh, N.Y., and April 4 at East Providence Lanes in Rumford, R.I., on April 4. The basic tuition fee is $225. An additional upgrade fee includes a Brunswick/DV8 ball. To reserve your spot, contact Sean Rash (316-250-2980 or email: seanrashfan@gmail.com), or go to BrunswickBowlingCamp on Facebook.

ANGELO WINS KUWAIT OPEN; PBA STARS HEAD TO MUNICH

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., defeated Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 257-191, to win the $25,000 first prize in the Kuwait International Open Saturday in Kuwait City. The tournament was not a PBA International-World Bowling Tour approved event.

In the stepladder finals, Hong Kong’s Michael Mak eliminated Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi in match one, 223-201; DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, defeated Mak in match two, 226-223, and Jones ousted Archer in the semifinal match, 234-173, to advance to the title match. Other PBA members who finished among the top 15 modified match play finalists were Sweden’s Robert Andersson; John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Dom Barrett of England; Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela; Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

PBA players will complete a three-event PBA International-World Bowling Tour series this week at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, site of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which ends Sunday. Kent is defending champion. First prize will be $12,000 and a PBA International Tour title if the winner is a PBA member. PBA fans can follow the action in Munich on the official tournament website, http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/results-2015/

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BORESCH WINS MILESTONE 30TH REGIONAL TITLE

Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., defeated Mike Mineman of St. Louis, 234-218, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill., Sunday for his 30th overall regional title. Along with his second PBA50 Midwest title of the year, Boresch also took home the $1,500 first prize.

Boresch defeated amateur Ken Galitsky of Plainfield, Ind., 2-0 in the best of three-game semifinal round while Mineman edged Brad Sipes of Bloomington, Ill., 2-1, in the other semifinal round match.

● PBA Regional action continues over the March 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Wrapping up the March regional calendar over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, 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

● Reminder: Voting on the PBA’s “best trick shot ever” will close on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Visit pba.com and click on the “Trick Shot Poll” link (http://www.pba.com/Vote/) to preview great tricks performed by Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Osku Palermaa and the late Andy Varipapa. The results will be revealed on ESPN telecasts of PBA League competition from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, beginning with the No. 4 video on the Sunday, March 29, coverage of PBA League quarterfinal round 1; No. 3 on the April 5 coverage of PBAL quarterfinal round 2, the two finalists will be shown on the April 12 PBAL semifinal telecast for another “best of all-time” fan vote, and the winner will be revealed during the PBA League Elias Cup finals telecast on Sunday, April 19.

● PBA fans can earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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