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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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars Jones, Johnson, Pluhowsky Bowling for U.S. in Pan Am Games

by Bill Vint July 23, 2015 05:14

PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., along with PBA Women’s Series winners Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, plus with amateur Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., are representing the United States in the Pan American Games bowling competition this week at the Pan Am Bowling Centre in Toronto. Several other PBA international members are bowling for their home countries in the Games.

Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour winner and an eight-year member of Team USA with more than 20 medals earned in international competition, is bowling in the Pan Am Games for the first time. Johnson is the defending champion in women’s singles and doubles, and also won women’s all-events plus a team silver medal in 1995, in the first of her three Pan Am Games appearances. Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, won women’s singles and a silver in doubles in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Bidwell is making his international debut for Team USA.

Bowling competition in Toronto got underway Wednesday with the first six of 12 games of doubles. Heading into today’s final six games, Jones and Bidwell were in second place, 53 pins behind Canada’s Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie while Johnson and Pluhowsky also were in second place, 28 pins behind Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo. All players will bowl 12 qualifying games in singles Friday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s match play and medal rounds.

BowlmorAMF OFFERS PBA MEMBERS SPECIAL PRACTICE RATE

Bowlmor AMF, a PBA Product Registered partner, is making it much more affordable for PBA members to practice, offering a $1-per-game practice rate at all 340 of its domestic locations, including the recently-acquired Brunswick bowling centers.

One of the long-standing benefits of PBA membership has been deeply-discounted practice rates at participating centers, and BowlmorAMF has joined the program with a set price at its properties across the country, subject only to the following conditions:

● The special rate is for practice only; it does not apply for league, glow bowling, or tournament lineage.

● The special rate is available only on a "lanes available" basis. PBA members must agree to give up the lane if the proprietor expects league, tournament, or heavy open play.

● Discounts are available to the PBA card holder only.

● PBA membership card and a picture ID must be presented when the lanes are assigned.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: 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 PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., Friday and Saturday, followed by the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

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.

MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR FRIDAY FOR JOHN HRICSINA

A memorial service for former PBA50 star John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., who died Monday of complications from injuries sustained in a fall, will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET at First Church of the Nazarene in Franklin.

Hricsina, a seven-time PBA50 Tour winner and former PBA50 Player of the Year, is survived by his wife Susan; sons Bill and John Jr.; daughters Sandy Hricsina and Valerie Hijar, and grandchildren Nick, Nathan, Jackie, Chandler and Jessica Hricsina, and Jordan and Brooke Hijar.

At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to the Kirkland Cancer Foundation, PO Box 108, Franklin, PA 16323. To send condolences, cards, flowers or additional information, visit: http://www.gardinierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=587216#/obituaryInfo.

Hricsina, a U.S. Navy veteran, worked as a rural postal carrier for the Polk County, Pa. post office before turning 50 and trying his luck on the PBA “senior tour.” He also ran a pro shop out of his home and enjoyed bowling duckpins and singing Karaoke which he did frequently with his friends on tour.

“He was a great bowler, but most of all he wanted to be remembered as a working man and a family man and he was definitely both of those,” his grandson, Nick Hricsina, said.

“He was just a wonderful person,” said USBC Hall of Famer and Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart. “We’ve been friends since our 20s and some of my greatest memories are of bowling with him and just being good friends.

“He was a great bowler,” Hart added. “The best way I could describe him as a competitor was that he was a bulldog on the lanes. He was fierce competitor and would bowl any place, any time.”

MIKA KOIVUNIEMI ACCEPTS UAE COACHING POST, PLANS TO CURTAIL PBA ACTIVITIES

Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, already one of the world’s most successful amateur players when he decided to join the PBA in 1999 at age 32, has announced he has accepted the head coaching position for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team, and plans to limit his PBA Tour activities in the future, in part due to lingering back and knee injuries.

The 14-time PBA Tour champion and two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11) is now 48 and living in Hartland, Mich., with wife Leena and daughters Ida and Lidia. A 13-year member of Team Finland, Koivuniemi has bowled around the world since the 1980s, winning titles in 21 different countries and has bowled 300 games in as many countries, as well.

In addition to his 14 PBA Tour titles – which include the 2000 USBC Masters, 2001 U.S. Open and record-setting 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions – Koivuniemi has bowled a nationally-televised 300 game and with more than $1.9 million in PBA earnings, he is poised to become the 10th player in PBA history to surpass $2 million in career earnings.

In a post on his Facebook page from Munich, where he is competing in the Track Open, Koivuniemi noted, “I been battling with injuries (for a) long time with my back. But this year also my left knee has been pretty bad. I…didn't bowl any tournament without pain! So that made my decision much easier, especially when UAE will let me bowl tournaments when they (won’t be at the) same time at (PBA events).”

For the record, Koivuniemi will become age-eligible to compete on the PBA50 Tour on April 6, 2017.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CONNER WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLE IN INDIANA

Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, defeated Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 250-173, to win $2,300 and his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Conner downed Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, 417-399, and Angelo topped E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 520-508, in the two-game, total pinfall semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Lee Brosius of Pomona, N.Y., defeated Tracy Golding of Winston-Salem, N.C., 2-1 in the best-of-three-game final match at AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) Lanes Sunday to win the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg South Open for his first PBA title in 32 years.

Brosius was soundly defeated in the first game, 251-172; edged Golding in game two, 213-210, Brosius then got a mark in the final frame of game three to win, 207-180, ending his dry spell.

The victory was Brosius’ third, but his first since winning his previous titles in 1982 and 1983. He resigned from PBA membership in 1990 when he retired from the military, but reinstated his membership in the 2013, competing on the PBA50 Tour the past two seasons.

Joe Findling from Greenville, Texas, edged Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 216-215, to win his sixth PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the sixth annual PBA Fort Sill (Okla.) Southwest Open, presented by Ebonite, at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

After Jensen finished with five strikes, Findling spared the 2-8 in the 10th frame of the title match and struck on his final shot to squeak by Jensen and claim the $2,500 winner’s check. After Findling qualified 14th and Jensen 16th, each won four elimination matches to reach the title match.

● Next up for the PBA Midwest Region is the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Baker Doubles Classic in Welch, Minn., Thursday and Friday. The weekend schedule features the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● 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

● “Let’s Go Bowling Show,” which debuted in 2006 in Clearwater, Fla., with host Ken Van Baber and PBA legend Mark Roth, celebrated its 500th broadcast in mid-July. Now available by audio and video streaming around the world, the weekly radio show has regularly featured PBA champions, industry leaders and other bowling news-makers. Tampa area pro shop operator and bowling instructor Bill Zuben is currently co-host. To watch current and archived programs, visit www.gobowlingshow.com.

● Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart, a former PBA Tour rep and member of the USBC Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Georgia State Bowling Hall of Fame on August 8.

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Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Continues to Honor Luci Bonneau’s Memory; Sold Out Field Heads to Houston July 31-Aug. 2

by Bill Vint July 22, 2015 07:09

HOUSTON, Texas - After watching her best friend, Luci Bonneau, lose her painful struggle against breast cancer in 1999, Donna Conners made a pledge to honor Bonneau’s memory in a way that would have a lasting impact.

Sixteen years and $650,000 later, Luci Bonneau has not been forgotten and her memory has never been more appreciated, thanks to Conners’ dedication to do something special.

Most bowling fans refer to it as “The Luci,” but the mixed doubles bowling tournament that Conners created in Bonneau’s memory will reach new heights when it takes place July 31-Aug. 2 at Palace Lanes in Houston.

It is now more accurately called the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. In its 16th year, the tournament will include its largest entry ever, including a large contingent of Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women’s Bowling Association stars headlining a sold-out field of 256 competitors. Latecomers are hoping for no-shows so they can get into the championship tournament, and Houston area grassroots bowlers are hoping for vacancies in the sold-out pro-am tournament field.

This year, for the first time, the male and female winners (assuming they are PBA or PWBA members) will earn PBA/PWBA national titles in addition to splitting a $15,000 first prize. And bowling fans around the world will be able to follow the event from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

“In 1999 when Luci died, we were talking and decided, let’s run a bowling tournament,” Conners said. “In 2000, I decided I was going to put together an event the way I wanted it to be, with tough conditions because breast cancer is a tough battle. It was a shot in the dark, and it worked, and it sold out.”

The inaugural event at 32-lane Dynamic Lanes sold out its pro-am tournament for two nights. Conners said the first event raised $7,000 for the weekend. “We thought we had really raised some money,” she said. “So we kept at it, involving vendors I work with at our pro shop and we reached the outside world when (Storm Products co-owner) Barb Chrisman got involved. From that day forward, Storm has sponsored us every year and we just keep growing.”

Since its inception, “The Luci” has sold out. In previous years, the tournament field was open to 84 teams, bowling on two squads, before the event moved to 44-lane Palace Lanes, which is owned by PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard, after Dynamic Lanes closed. This year, Conners added a third squad, opened the tournament to 126 teams, and immediately filled that quota with 15 additional teams on the waiting list.

“We were going to stay with 84 teams, but those sold out in 24 hours and I’m asking myself, am I going to turn away teams?,” she said. “No way.”

Over the years, the tournament originally called the Luci Bonneau Memorial Mixed Doubles has raised approximately $650,000 to combat breast cancer. Until two years ago, all of the money was donated to the Stehlin Foundation, a research facility looking for a cure to breast cancer. Bonneau, a talented bowler and one of the former Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour’s most popular regional competitors, had been treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital by Dr. Stehlin, Conners explained. Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Hospital was sold and the new ownership shut down the Stehlin Foundation “so we started our own 501(c)3 Striking Against Breast Cancer charity,” she said “The money we’ve raised is now being donated to 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.”

The tournament has never forgotten Conners’ original philosophy. It’s deliberately difficult.

“We’ve made changes in the format to make things tough,” Conners said. “I don’t ever want people to forget what Luci had to go through.

“It’s insane,” she added, referring to the overwhelming support she has received. “Our vendors provide all kinds of giveaways for the pro-am. We have drawings, prizes, a lot going on from the day we start until it’s over.

“My mission statement is that you have to have players to bowl the tournament. If you don’t have the players, you don’t have a pro-am. If you don’t have pro-am, you can’t raise money. It’s all about the players. That’s the rule we live by. (PBA Tour competitor) Dino Castillo organizes the pro-am. Our rule is, if a player entered in the pro-am doesn’t show up to bowl, he/she is fined $500 and the money goes to PBA,” Conners said. “But the players are so involved. They’re great; they make it happen.”

Conners is hoping to raise between $80,000 and $90,000 this year, but “we can only fit so many people into the building at one time.”

Among the all-star cast of competitors entered are three-time winners Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and Tommy Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour champion from Simpsonville, S.C.; defending champions Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and former PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; the husband and wife teams of Chris and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Tina and Stu Williams of Phoenix, Ariz.; native Colombians Clara Guerrero and Andres Gomez, and two-time former winners Shannon O’Keefe (with Bill O’Neill) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (with Mike Fagan). The field also includes a number of PBA Tour, PWBA Tour, PBA Regional and collegiate champions as well as past-and-present Team USA members.

For a complete roster of bowlers entered, visit pba.com, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), a full month ($7.99) or a full year (XF Season Ticket for $64.99).

For those who would like to support Conners’ efforts, but can’t attend the event, visit http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/ to make a contribution online.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES SCHEDULE

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2

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 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

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

Sunday, Aug. 20
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

HISTORY OF STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER

(LUCI BONNEAU MEMORIAL) MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS

2000 - Donna Conners/Mark Scroggins

2001 - Amy Dillon/Chris Barnes

2002 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty/Dino Castillo

2003 - Genie Franklin/Wes Malott

2004 - Krystal Scott/Russ Wilson

2005 - Rachel Perez/Paul Fleming

2006 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Marc Laracuente

2007 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2008 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2009 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Parker Bohn III

2010 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2012 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bryan O’Keefe

2013 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill

2014 - Missy Parkin/Scott Norton

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PBA Spare Shots: Mitch Beasley Defeats Wife in Historic PBA Regional Title Match

by Bill Vint July 15, 2015 04:19

In a first for the Professional Bowlers Association, Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., defeated his wife, Inngellimar Beasley, 224-212, to win the PBA Shock Top Midwest Region Open at Plaza Lanes in St. Charles, Mo., Saturday. It was the first time in PBA history that a husband and wife bowled for a PBA title.

Mitch Beasley, a 21-year veteran of PBA competition, started the championship match with six strikes and held on despite a pair of unconverted splits to win his 17th PBA Regional title and the $2,200 first prize when Inngellimar, a lefthander, left solid 7 pins in the eighth, ninth and 10th frames to nullify her rally. Inngellimar added the $1,200 runner-up prize to the family’s bank account.

The previous week, Inngellimar, a 19-year member of Venezuela’s national women’s bowling team, won the PWBA Gastonia South Open presented by the PBA for her first professional title.

In the other half of a weekend doubleheader in St. Charles, amateur Shea Bittenbender of St. Charles nipped Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., 213-212, to win the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Region Open at St. Charles Lanes on Sunday.

Mitch Beasley, 46, said he and Inngellimar, 39, met for the first time during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI last October in Las Vegas, and got married a month later. Eight months later, Mitch figured it was only a matter of time before the couple would have a showdown on the lanes.

“I made a comment a couple of weeks earlier that I was going to have to beat my wife for a title,” Mitch laughed. “I was kinda joking about it, but that’s what happened. I was actually fortunate my wife didn’t beat me.

“The first thing everyone told me was that I was going to be sleeping on the couch for a week,” he added. “During match play before the finals, she beat me, 250-220. She threw the last eight strikes to smoke me.”

To reach the title match, Inngellimar defeated amateur Neil Cooley of Lincoln, Neb., 243-200, in the semifinal game after Cooley defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 219-216, in the first stepladder match.

ENTRIES ROLLING IN FOR GEICO PBA WSOB VII, PBA SOUTH POINT FALL CLASSIC

Entries opened July 8 for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, set for Dec. 7-19 in Reno, Nev., and among the rush of first-day entries were players from Australia, Dubai, Spain and Ecuador. Among the early entries, most indicated they intend to enter the new PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic, Oct. 19-26, in Las Vegas.

Entries for both events are limited and will be processed on a first-come basis. WSOB VII can accommodate a field of 312 players; the Fall Classic will be limited to 120 individuals (60 doubles and/or five-player teams).

The entry fee for the GEICO WSOB VII is $1,000 for members and $1,200 for non-members. Players must have a reservation confirmation number for a room at the Silver Legacy at the time of entry. World Series entries must be submitted to PBA Membership Services Manager Mary von Krueger (email: maryvk@pba.com; cell: 206-332-9688). PBA members will have first priority.

Fall Classic entries can be submitted online through PBA.com. Click on “schedules” followed by “PBA Tour” and select the appropriate event for the entry form. PBA West Region entries should be submitted to West Region Manager Gary Mage (email: gary.mage@pba.com; cell: 360-600-1229).

For more information on either PBA event, click here for WSOB VII: http://pba.com/Tournaments/WorldSeries or here for the Fall Classic: http://pba.com/Tournaments/FallClassic

PBA MODERN CLASSICS LIBRARY ADDS 2011 U.S. OPEN TO PBA’S YOUTUBE COLLECTION

One of the most exciting U.S. Open finals in history will be the newest addition to the PBA Modern Classics library Friday on PBA’s YouTube channel. The 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open features Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., winning his 34th PBA Tour title (to tie the legendary Mark Roth) and his seventh career major at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. The title match involves Duke’s stunning 225-216 victory over Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., when Koivuniemi missed a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame. To watch all of the classic PBA Tour championship events on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg

MOTIV TOURNAMENT WINNERS PRATHER, LORINCZ TO COMPETE ON PBA TOUR

Former Wichita State University competitor Kris Prather, 23, of Pensacola, Fla., won the MOTIV Revolution Tournament last week at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., and earned a full MOTIV PBA staff contract to compete on the PBA Tour for the next year. Runner-up Aaron Lorincz of Saginaw, Mich., a second-year PBA member, also earned a MOTIV PBA staff contract.

MOTIV, a PBA product registered bowling ball company, conducted the special tournament as a ‘family reunion…where people from all aspects of the MOTIV family could have a chance to meet face-to-face,’” said company president Scott Wilbur. The tournament was video-streamed around the world, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame bowling channel.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PWBA, PBA50, STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule for the final two weeks of July includes three Professional Women’s Bowling Association events, the return of PBA50 Tour competition and start-to-finish coverage of the 16th Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event.

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock – host of the recently-completed XF PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open – July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open. Start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., is set for July 20-22.

Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25, and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

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.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: STONEY BAKER WINS PBA50 TRI-REGION TITLE IN CORVOVA

Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 202-197, to win the first PBA50 Lifestyle Resorts Communities Tri-Region Memphis South Open at Cordova Bowling Center in Cordova, Tenn., Sunday.

Baker posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game pinfall total of 4,289, including match play bonus pins, to qualify fourth. He opened the stepladder finals with a 222-190 win over Tony Majcher of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and eliminated Thomas Berish of Cordova in the semifinal match, 228-190, to advance to the title match against Williams, the top qualifier. Baker earned $2,800 for his win in the tournament for players 50-and-older who live in the PBA South, Central and Midwest Regions.

Keith Doran of Pomona, N.Y., defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., 175-172, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome in Cherry Hill, N.J., Sunday. Doran, who was a PBA member in the 1980s, recently reinstated his membership and was competing in his first PBA50 regional event.

The Cherry Hill tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed last year to honor its sponsor who passed away in January, 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.

Zaffino, who had led qualifying, bounced the first ball of the championship game off his ankle, which resulted in an open frame. He struggled on the right lane throughout the game, and failed to strike in the 10th frame which opened the door for Doran who responded with a strike for the win and the $1,500 first prize.

● Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., defeated Kevin Harlin of Milpitas, Calif., 171-125, to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes on Sunday for his 11th PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Norton got a free pass into the championship match when Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., was forced to forfeit the semifinal round match due to an injury, handing Norton a 213-0 decision. Harlin defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 221-201, in the other semifinal round match.

● PBA’s July 17-19 Regional calendar includes the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Ebonite at Twin Oaks Bowl in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind., and the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg Lanes South Open in Fredericksburg, Va.

● Immediately following the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. (which will be covered live from start to finish on Xtra Frame, July 20-22), the PBA Midwest Region will conduct the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Baker Doubles Classic July 23-24.

● The July 24-26 PBA Regional schedule features the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● 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

● Genesis Bowling Products has upgraded its PBA Product Registration status from Limited to Full Accessories after interest generated at Bowl Expo. For more information on the benefits of Genesis Bowling Products’ KMotion kinesiology tape among other products, send an email to: sales@nextgenbowling.com.

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Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Singapore’s Joey Yeo Win Bowling World Open Titles in Tokyo

by Bill Vint July 12, 2015 01:36

TOKYO – Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Singapore’s Joey Yeo won the men’s and women’s singles titles in the inaugural Bowling World Open Sunday. Each earned an $81,000 first prize in the showcase event contested in a six-lane bowling arena inside Makuhari-Messe Convention Center in suburban Tokyo. The finals were nationally-televised in Japan.

Palermaa, a 31-year-old two-handed player, earned his fifth Professional Bowlers Association title with a 248-224 victory over home-country favorite Isao Yamamoto, a Japan PBA member. Palermaa started the match with seven strikes on his first eight shots to take an insurmountable lead.

Palermaa earned his berth in the championship match by out-striking Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 266-255, in the semifinal round while Yamamoto eliminated men’s top qualifier Dom Barrett of England, 256-224.

Yeo used a string of five strikes to overcome a pair of early splits on her way to a thrilling 207-204 victory over top-qualifier Birgit Poppler of Germany in the women’s final. Poppler bowled a clean game, but had only one double after running away with a 258-224 victory over American star Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., in her semifinal match. Yeo ousted Venezuela’s Karen Marcano in the other semifinal match, 234-181.

The Bowling World Open was conducted by World Bowling, the international governing body for tenpin bowling, and supported by the Japan Bowling Congress, National Bowling Federation of Japan, the PBA and other bowling interests around the world in support of World Bowling’s bid to include bowling in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Bowling is one of eight sports in contention for possible inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

A major championship on the PBA International-World Bowling Tour, the Bowling World Open began with a field of 567 bowlers from 52 countries.

BOWLING WORLD OPEN
Makuhari-Messe Convention Center, Tokyo, Sunday

MEN’S DIVISION

Championship: Osku Palermaa, Finland ($81,800) def. Isao Yamamoto, Japan ($40,800), 248-224.

Semifinal Round: Semifinal Match One – Yamamoto def. Dom Barrett, England ($12,240), 256-224. Semifinal Match Two – Palermaa def. Bill O’Neill, U.S. ($12,240), 266-255.

WOMEN’S DIVISION

Championship: Joey Yeo, Singapore ($81,800) def. Birgit Poppler, Germany ($40,800), 207-204.

Semifinal Round: Semifinal Match One – Poppler def. Kelly Kulick, U.S. ($12,240), 258-227. Semifinal Match Two – Yeo def. Karen Marcano, Venezuela ($12,240), 234-181.

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