Hall of Famers Monacelli, Williams Lead Field of Finalists for PBA Challenge as WSOB VI Gets Underway

by Bill Vint October 24, 2014 14:45

LAS VEGAS – PBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, advanced to the finals of the PBA Challenge, a made-for-ESPN special event, as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI got underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center.

Monacelli and Williams finished one-two in an eight-game match play qualifying event for the 2014 season’s top PBA50 Tour players, earning berths in the November 2 PBA Challenge television finals. Also advancing to the PBA Challenge from the PBA Regional qualifier were Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Arizona, representing the PBA’s West Region, and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Indiana, representing the PBA Central Region. The PBA Women’s Regional finalists will be Colombia native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, representing the PBA Southwest Region, and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, who won the PBA West Region berth in the qualifying event.

The PBA Challenge will include four one-game matches, with the four winners than competing in a unique Knock-Out Round finale on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the South Point Bowling Plaza. The ESPN telecast will air on Sunday, Jan. 19. The fourth match in the PBA Challenge telecast will be a contest between 2014 Teen Masters boys’ division champion Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, bowling girls’ division winner Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York. The Teen Masters Grand Champion will receive a $6,500 scholarship.

Monacelli won the PBA50 berth by winning all eight of his head-to-head matches, but Williams surged from third place to second behind a 287 final game, knocking fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, out of the finals by 20 pins.

Blanchard also was dominant in the PBA Regional qualifier, winning seven of his eight matches to beat Tackett by 106 pins. Tackett finished 53 pins ahead of Midwest Region representative Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.

In the Women’s Regional event, Guerrero advanced from third to first with a victory over East Region representative Kristina Wendell of Poughkeepsie, New York, in her final match while Parkin held on tow second with a spare in the 10th frame, dropping Amanda Greene of Romney, West Virginia, to third place by 45 pins.

PBA Tour competition in the World Series officially gets underway Saturday with qualifying rounds of the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game, the first of four PBA Tour animal pattern lane condition championship events that are part of the World Series. Animal pattern qualifying rounds continue with the Viper Championship on Sunday, the Chameleon Championship on Monday and the Scorpion Championship on Tuesday. Each animal pattern event features a distinctly different scoring environment and each will advance four players to the championship rounds which will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the South Point Bowling Plaza for airing on ESPN beginning Sunday, Dec. 14.

The animal pattern events also will serve as the qualifying event for PBA World Championship. The top 24 players after 28 combined games on the four animal patterns will advance to match play competition Wednesday and Thursday. A total of 52 games of qualifying and match play will produce the five finalists who will return to South Point for the live ESPN finals of the PBA World Championship on Jan. 11.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the animal pattern events and PBA World Championship will be covered live on Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame Season Ticket link.

PBA CHALLENGE MATCH PLAY QUALIFYING EVENTS

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

PBA50 Tour Finals (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Plaza): 1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8-0, 2,048. 2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-4, 1,929. 3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 1,909, $1,000. 4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 1,810, $700. 5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-6, 1,801, $600. 6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-5, 1,786, $500. 7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-4, 1,747, $400. 8, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3-5, 1,666, $300.

PBA Regional Finals (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Plaza): 1, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7-1, 2,043. 2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5-3, 1,937. 3, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5-3, 1,884, $1,000. 4, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4-4, 1,824, $700. 5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 2-6, 1,810, $600. 6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-5, 1,795, $500. 7, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 5-3, 1,775, $400. 8, Pat Nolan, Japan, 1-7-0, 1,553, $300.

PBA Women’s Regional Finals (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Plaza): 1, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 5-3, 1,857. 2, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-2, 1,844. 3, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 4-4, 1,799, $1,000. 4, Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 4-4, 1,751, $700. 5, Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah, 4-4, 1,717, $550. 5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 3-5, 1,717, $550. 7, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 4-4, 1,683, $400. 8, Christina Hardee, Mount Dora, Fla., 2-6, 1,583, $300.

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New Scoring System for Competitive Bowling to be Previewed During World Bowling Tour Finals

by Bill Vint October 23, 2014 03:02

ARLINGTON, Texas - Athletes and bowling fans around the world will be introduced to a proposed new scoring system for competitive bowling during the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Men’s and Women’s Finals in Las Vegas on November 2.

The experimental scoring system for competitive bowling is the result of the work done by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry executives. The international task force, with the additional input of PBA leadership, developed the new system in order to make the sport more attractive and easier to understand for casual bowling fans, the news media and the competitors.

The new system, which impacts how the sport is scored as well as the format for competition, will be unveiled on a trial basis exclusively for the WBT Finals. It will not be used for any other GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling events. The WBT singles match play competition will be conducted as follows:

1) A match will involve 12 frames.
2) In each frame, each player will throw one shot.
3) If Player A gets a higher pin count than Player B, he/she will win the frame.
4) If both players strike, the frame will be tied.
5) If neither player strikes, but each has the same pin count, each player will try to convert the spare. If both successfully convert their spares, the frame will be a tie. If one player has a higher pin count than the other after two shots, that player will win the frame.
6) Scoring for the match will reflect who has won the most frames (example, 1 up, 2 up, etc. All-square means the match is tied).
7) At the point one player has won more frames than frames remain (example: 3 up after 10 frames), he/she will be declared the winner.
8) If a match is “all-square” after 12 frames, the tie will be broken using the single-frame format described above until the tie is broken.

The new system emphasizes winning the frame, much like golf’s Ryder Cup places emphasis on winning a hole. This new system is expected to dramatically reduce the length of time and complexity of scoring required to complete a two-player match.

World Bowling President and CEO Kevin Dornberger noted, “We believe we have found the right balance between modernizing our sport while retaining credibility and tradition our athletes and fans value. All of us involved with this project are looking forward to its introduction in Las Vegas.”

The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals will be contested in the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 2, and will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 25.

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PBA Spare Shots: Mike Edwards Replaces Injured Ron Mohr in PBA Challenge’s PBA50 Tour Field

by Bill Vint October 22, 2014 08:22

Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., has replaced Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in the field of eight players who will compete for the PBA50 Tour’s berth in the made-for-TV PBA Challenge telecast during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

The eight-player, eight-game match play qualifying events for PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional players will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. All three events will be covered live on Xtra Frame. The top two players in each event will advance to the PBA Challenge which will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the new South Point Bowling Plaza for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

The PBA50 Tour field will include Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.; Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Tom Baker of King, N.C.; 2014 PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela; Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Edwards, who steps in for the injured Mohr. Edwards also will have an opportunity to bowl in the entire GEICO WSOB VI.

The PBA Regional qualifying field will include: Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. (East Region); Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C. (South); EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind. (Central); Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest); Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas (Southwest); David Haynes, Las Vegas (West); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. (Northwest), and Pat Nolan (Japan).

The PBA Women’s Regional field will include: Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (East); Christina Hardee, Mt. Dora, Fla. (South); Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (Central); Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va. (Midwest); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia (Southwest); Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (West); Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah (Northwest), and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: VENEZUELA’S LEON WINS TWICE IN RENO

Richard Leon of Venezuela, who is on the waiting list hoping for a chance to bowl in the sold-out GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI when it gets underway Friday in Las Vegas, won his first two PBA Regional titles over the weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Bowling in Friday’s Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge, a tournament for players who have not previously won PBA titles, Leon defeated Clarence White III of Tracy, Calif., 223-197, to win his first PBA Regional title. In addition to a $1,200 first prize, Leon also became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, which will take place in February in Indianapolis.

Leon got his second victory Sunday when he barely escaped the first elimination round, but advanced to the title match where he defeated Andrew Cain of Phoenix by 17 pins to win the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Re-entry Open at the Stadium.

In Sunday’s “elimination format” championship match, Leon rolled a 204 game to top Cain’s 187. In the semifinal round, Cain led the four-player field of survivors with a 203, Leon was second with a 201, Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix was third with a 194 and England’s Stuart Williams, who currently resides in Phoenix, was fourth with a 187. Leon earned $1,600 for Sunday’s win.

● With a live Xtra Frame audience watching, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 238-226, to win the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., Sunday. The title was Loschetter’s second PBA Regional title of the year and his 12th career title. He also earned $2,500.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, outlasted Brandon Bivens of East Ridge, Tenn., and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, to win his 18th PBA Regional title Sunday in the 11th annual PBA Young & Pratt Austin Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas.

Only nine pins separated the top three players with four matches left in the eight-game round robin match play finals. Malott won his last five games, including a 216-170 final game position round victory over Nathan Bohr of Austin, to pull ahead and claim the $2,500 champion’s check. Malott finished with a 21-game total of 5,100 pins, 48 ahead of Bivens

Bivens out-struck Maldonado in their final game match, 268-250, to move into second place while Bohr fell to fourth, with Maldonado advancing to third position.

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., defeated Matt Taylor of Youngsville, N.C., 223-216, to win his eighth PBA Regional title in the PBA Franklin Southern Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va., Sunday. Troup earned $2,300 while Taylor pocketed $1,300 as the runner-up.

● October’s schedule concludes with the traditional South Point All Regions Open and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, host center for the PBA League playoffs and Elias Cup Finals in late March, will introduce Maine bowling fans to the PBA League when it hosts a special PBA League Draft party on Friday, Oct. 31. The PBA League Draft will be conducted at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, with eight team managers selecting five players each for the weekend of PBA League competition in Portland.

● PBA Tour titlist Stuart Williams was one of four players inducted into the United Kingdom Tenpin Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 during the 888.com Weber Cup tournament at the Metrodome, Barnsley, England. Inducted along with Williams were Gemma (Burden) Harding, Zara (Glover) Giles, Ron Oldfield and meritorious service honoree Tom Clarke.

● A new line of PBA-logoed merchandise is now available through the PBA Store on pba.com, and at PBA Tour tournament sites.

● PBA Tour titlist Rhino Page once again joined his young friend Tyler Cacioppo, who he befriended in 2009, to continue raising money and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Page helped establish the “Rhino Page & Friends Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s & Colitis Fundraiser” bowling fundraiser, and recently expanded his activity into running a half marathon with Cacioppo in Jamestown, R.I. Working together with Tyler and his family, Page has helped raise more than $30,000 to combat intestinal tract diseases.

● Need a Super Sub? When last season’s Hankel Classic high-average bowler Mike Fogarty was unable to bowl league on opening night at Howell Lanes in Howell, N.J., he brought in a sub: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia. The veteran PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour star did a fine job, starting the evening with a 300 game en route to a 782 series.

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Rolltech to Provide Bonus Frame-by-Frame Scoring During WSOB Qualifying for Xtra Frame Subscribers

by Bill Vint October 22, 2014 02:15

CHICAGO – Rolltech, the official Live Scoring Partner of the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, will give PBA’s Xtra Frame subscribers a chance to watch the WSOB VI in exceptional detail when the multi-event series gets underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced Wednesday.

Under the new agreement, Rolltech will provide exclusive live frame-by-frame scoring to Xtra Frame subscribers during qualifying rounds of all four animal pattern championship events. In order to access the exclusive feature, Xtra Frame subscribers must log in during qualifying rounds to receive a special “password of the day” which will be used (along with the user’s email address) as a link to the live scoring page.

Frame-by-frame scoring will be available for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on Saturday, Oct. 25; PBA Viper Championship on Sunday, Oct. 26; PBA Chameleon Championship on Monday, Oct. 27, and the PBA Scorpion Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“This agreement is another example of how the PBA, working closely with its technology partners, is able to provide Xtra Frame subscribers with insights into PBA competition that have never been available before,” Schroeder said.

Rolltech CEO Rich Belsky agreed. “Rolltech’s live scoring technology will take PBA fans’ connection to the sport and its pros to a truly exciting place. Great things happen when forward thinking, customer-focused companies work together, and this partnership is a perfect example.”

PBA.com will continue to provide free frame-by-frame scoring during match play rounds for the PBA Challenge match play qualifiers on Friday, Oct. 24, and for the PBA World Championship match play rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 and 30. PBA.com also will provide free, live game-by-game scoring for all WSOB events.

PBA fans are encouraged to enroll in the new Xtra Frame Season Ticket program in time for the World Series. A special XF Season Ticket offer now available will provide new subscribers with up to 15 months of Xtra Frame access for the 12-month price of $64.99 plus a “bonus” copy of the 2015 PBA Yearbook. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the XF Season Ticket link.

Xtra Frame coverage of the World Series gets underway Friday with the $10,000 winner-take-all match between Chris Barnes and JT (Action) Jackson at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the PBA Challenge match play qualifying events for the top eight PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional competitors.

About Rolltech Bowling

Bowlers – real bowlers – forged Rolltech from their passion for the lanes and vision for the future of the sport. What started as a simple desire to track performance has evolved into a platform for bowlers to earn, track and compete as well as connect and compete with bowlers at home and around the world. Rolltech also provides centers with powerful, free analytics and real-time communication tools that make lasting connections between bowler and center. Rolltech is available for download from the iTunes and Google Play stores, or visit www.rolltechbowling.com.

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

by Bill Vint October 20, 2014 08:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category.

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

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