PBA Spare Shots: Vote for the Greatest PBA Tournament of Champions TV Moment in History

by Bill Vint January 30, 2015 08:28

What was the greatest moment in PBA Tournament of Champions television history? In celebration of the 50th anniversary tournament which gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, you are invited to vote on your favorite, starting Sunday, by clicking on the special “TOC Poll” link at the top of the pba.com home page.

Fans can vote until Monday, Feb. 9. The top three moments, based on fan voting, will be aired as part of the live ESPN telecast of the TOC finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

Below is a list of 12 of the Tournament of Champions’ most historic moments, listed in order of when they happened. Go to the online poll to cast your vote, or visit PBA on Facebook or Twitter if you have another special moment you think the PBA’s panel of experts missed.

1967 - Jack Biondolillo shoots the first TV 300 game in PBA history.
1970 - Don Johnson shoots 299 in the title match.
1971 - Johnny Petraglia makes four straight TV shows and wins three straight titles, culminating with the T of C.
1984 - Mike Durbin becomes the first player to win three T of C titles (1972, 1982 & 1984).
1986 - Marshall Holman wins 2nd T of C and surpasses $1 million in career earnings (3rd player to do so).
1991 - A bomb scare temporarily halts the telecast; David Ozio eventually wins the title.
1993 - George Branham wins the last Firestone T of C and becomes first African-American to win the event.
1995 - Mike Aulby wins to complete Bowling’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam.
2002 - Jason Couch wins his third straight T of C title to become the only “three-peat” winner in the event.
2010 - Kelly Kulick becomes the first female to win a PBA Tour title.
2011 - Mika Koivuniemi shoots 299 vs. Tom Daugherty’s 100 in the semifinal match, then wins the event and a PBA record $250,000 first prize.
2013 - Pete Weber becomes the oldest player to win the event at age 50 (his second T of C win).

ESPN NIXES KNICKS IN FAVOR OF PBA’S CP3 CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL

The traditional Super Bowl Sunday telecast of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational got a boost into an even better time slot on ESPN (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET) and an extension from a 90-minute show to two hours thanks to a struggling New York Knicks team.

As New York Post reporter Marc Berman wrote: “The Knicks’ scheduled nationally televised games are falling like bowling pins. A matinee clash with the (Los Angeles) Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday on ESPN was pulled by the network — not for another NBA showdown — but for a celebrity bowling event, an NBA source told The Post.

“The Chris Paul-hosted celebrity bowling event has been deemed more appetizing than the bumbling Lakers (12-31) visiting the bumbling Knicks (7-36) in Derek Fisher’s first game as coach against his former club.”

Speaking of Sunday’s Chris Paul PBA event, here’s a link to a special preview of the CP3 show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzLOllkGA9U

TACKETT WINS “SELFIE CHALLENGE;” FLAVOR FLAV MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Knippel was mildly surprised he was going to bowl against 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in the final one-shot High 5 Gear “Selfie Challenge” of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, but he was even more surprised when hip-hop artist Flavor Flav joined the fun.

Tackett set the bar high with a strike on his shot. Knippel managed only a three-count. And Flav, who frequently dropped by to watch the action at South Point Bowling Center during the week, rolled a shot straight down the middle to knock down eight pins. Knippel received an autographed ball from Tackett for participating in the challenge, which took place during the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHN, ALLEN WIN CENTRAL OVER/UNDER DOUBLES EVENT

PBA Hall of Famer and PBA50 Tour competitor Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and partner Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated the Ohio duo of Mike Henry of Brunswick and Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA Don Vay Memorial Regular/Senior Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sunday.

The first PBA Regional tournament of the 2015 season featured teams of one bowler age 50 or older, and one bowler under the age of 50. The title was Bohn’s and Allen’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region. It also was Bohn’s 22nd career PBA Regional title and Allen’s 24th. They split a $4,000 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Bohn and Allen blanked Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Dave Wodka, newly located in Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Henry and Dombrowski swept Jim Pencak of Parma, Ohio and Brandon Tarabek of Cleveland, 2-0, to set up the championship match.

● The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

● The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, 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

● For the latest in PBA-logoed merchandise, visit the PBA Tour Store on pba.com: https://www.kotisdesign.com/estore/landing.asp?estore=pbastore

● Reminder: Tickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and the finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, over the Feb. 14-15 Valentine’s Day weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis are now on sale on pba.com. For ticket information, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

● Reminder: if you missed Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts are archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the “2014 WSOB archives” tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.

● Reminder: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, has renewed its sweepstakes program for 2015 and will award a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky winner each month all year. To enter, book a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com using one of the links below before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The monthly drawing will take place on the last day of the month. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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PBA50 Central Leaders through January 29, 2015

by Bobby Jakel January 29, 2015 09:02
Senior Points (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015)
Pos. Name - Hometown                       #Events  Points
  1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J.        1  25,000
  2. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio        1  19,249
  3. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio          1  13,097
  4. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio      1  11,054
  5. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich.       1   9,822
  6. Johnson, David E. (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio     1   8,863
  7. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                 1   8,096
  8. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y.             1   6,668
  9. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c.            1   5,702
 10. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C.   1   5,322
 11. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y.        1   4,993
 12. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa.             1   4,705
 13. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio         1   4,451
 14. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio        1   4,225
 15. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y.         1   4,023
 16. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio            1   3,841
 17. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio        1   3,677
 18. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio       1   3,527
 19. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh            1   3,390
 20. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio          1   3,265
 21. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich.      1   3,043
 22. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio      1   2,944
 23. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio            1   2,852
 24. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa.       1   2,766
 25. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va.        1   2,541
 26. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag  1   2,300
 27. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio            1   2,247
 28. Michalojko, Robert (s) - Pittsburgh         1   2,198
 29. Goodwill, Craig (s) - Jefferson Hills, Pa.  1   2,151
 30. Zwiezinski, Gary (s) - Elyria, Ohio         1   2,106
 31. Alman, R.J. (s) - Murrysville, Pa.          1   2,022
 32. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio              1   1,981
 33. Holgate, Dale W (s) - Silver Lake, Ohio     1   1,943
Earnings (Beginning January 1, 2015)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                         #Events    Earnings
  1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J.          1   $2,000.00
  2. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio          1   $1,000.00
  3. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio            1     $800.00
  4. Johnson, David E. (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio       1     $600.00
  5. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich.         1     $600.00
  6. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio        1     $600.00
  7. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                   1     $600.00
  8. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c.              1     $500.00
  9. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C.     1     $500.00
 10. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y.               1     $500.00
 11. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa.               1     $400.00
 12. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y.          1     $400.00
Average (Beginning January 1, 2015 - minimum 8 games)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                          #Games Average
  1. Johnson, David E. (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio      11 233.64
  2. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                  15 230.07
  3. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio              8 229.63
  4. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J.         15 226.93
  5. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio         20 224.05
  6. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich.        11 218.91
  7. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c.             12 217.67
  8. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio           17 216.82
  9. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio        8 215.25
 10. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio       12 215.17
 11. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa.               8 214.50
 12. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio          8 214.13
 13. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio          8 211.25
 14. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio           8 210.13
 15. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio              8 209.25
 16. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y.           8 208.63
 17. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C.    12 204.75
 18. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa.         8 203.50
 19. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio         8 202.13
 20. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh              8 200.88
 21. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y.              13 199.00
 22. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich.        8 196.88
 23. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio                8 196.38
 24. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y.          8 194.00
 25. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag    8 193.75
 26. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio              8 193.25
 27. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio            8 192.25
 28. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va.          8 191.88
 29. Alman, R.J. (s) - Murrysville, Pa.            8 189.50
 30. Michalojko, Robert (s) - Pittsburgh           8 187.75
Cashes (Beginning January 1, 2015)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                      #Cashes Events      %
  1. Johnson, David E. (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio    1      1 100.00
  2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich.      1      1 100.00
  3. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio         1      1 100.00
  4. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c.           1      1 100.00
  5. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C.  1      1 100.00
  6. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y.            1      1 100.00
  7. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa.            1      1 100.00
  8. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y.       1      1 100.00
  9. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio     1      1 100.00
 10. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio       1      1 100.00
 11. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J.       1      1 100.00
 12. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                1      1 100.00
Finals (Beginning January 1, 2015)
Pos. Name - Hometown                      #Finals Events      %
  1. Johnson, David E. (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio    1      1 100.00
  2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich.      1      1 100.00
  3. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio         1      1 100.00
  4. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c.           1      1 100.00
  5. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C.  1      1 100.00
  6. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y.            1      1 100.00
  7. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa.            1      1 100.00
  8. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio     1      1 100.00
  9. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio       1      1 100.00
 10. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J.       1      1 100.00
 11. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                1      1 100.00
2014 Champions
Legend Lanes, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Over/Under Doubles) - Parker Bohn III/Patrick Allen
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PBA Central Leaders through January 28, 2015

by Bobby Jakel January 28, 2015 08:17

The PBA Challenge point leader from each region in the men’s and women’s divisions will earn a free entry into the World Series of Bowling VII and receive an invitation to compete in the PBA Challenge. The PBA Challenge will be held at the World Series of Bowling VII. The top two players in each division, after eight games of match play, will advance to an ESPN televised PBA Regional Tour Finals. PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Women’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Men’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 25,000 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 19,249 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 19,249 5. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 15,398 2015 Points Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 25,000 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 19,249 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 19,249 5. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 15,398 6. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 13,097 7. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 13,097 8. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 11,054 9. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 11,054 10. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 9,822 11. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 9,822 12. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 8,863 13. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 8,096 14. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 8,096 15. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 6,668 16. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 6,668 17. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 5,702 18. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 5,322 19. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 4,993 20. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 4,993 21. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 4,705 22. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 4,705 23. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio 1 4,451 24. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio 1 4,225 25. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y. 1 4,023 26. Angelo, Brad - Lockport, N.Y. 1 4,023 27. Jordon, Kelly - Marion, Ohio 1 3,841 28. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio 1 3,841 29. Novak, Brandon - Chillicothe, Ohio 1 3,677 30. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 3,677 31. Book, Todd - Russells Point, Ohio 1 3,527 32. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio 1 3,527 33. Wunderlich, Jason - Homestead, Pa 1 3,390 34. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh 1 3,390 35. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio 1 3,265 36. Nicodemus, Brian - Akron, Ind. 1 3,265 37. Touhey, John - Miamisburg, Ohio 1 3,149 38. Harris, Brandon - North Canton, Ohio 1 3,043 39. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich. 1 3,043 40. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio 1 2,944 41. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio 1 2,852 42. McCune, Eugene - Munster, Ind. 1 2,852 43. Durbin, Jr. Paul - Ellwood City, Pa. 1 2,766 44. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa. 1 2,766 45. Richardson, Bill - Daniels, W. Va. 1 2,541 46. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va. 1 2,541 47. Toney, Wes - Oak Hill, WV 1 2,355 48. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag 1 2,300 49. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio 1 2,247 50. Johnson, Tony - Canton, Ohio 1 2,247 51. Verble, Larry - Mason, Mich. 1 2,198 52. Michalojko, Robert (s) - Pittsburgh 1 2,198 53. Goodwill, Craig (s) - Jefferson Hills, PA 1 2,151 54. Cygnarowicz, Chad - Robinson Township, Pa. 1 2,151 55. Robinson, Brian - Morgantown, W.Va. 1 2,106 56. Zwiezinski, Gary (s) - Elyria, Ohio 1 2,106 57. Alman, R.J. (s) - Murrysville, Pa. 1 2,022 58. Bowman, Anthony - Georgetown, KY 1 1,981 59. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio 1 1,981 60. Akins, Chad - Northfield, Ohio 1 1,943 61. Holgate, Dale W (s) - Silver Lake, Ohio 1 1,943 2015 Earnings Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Earnings 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 $2,000.00 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 $2,000.00 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 $1,000.00 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 $1,000.00 5. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 $800.00 6. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 $800.00 7. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 $800.00 8. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 $600.00 9. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 $600.00 10. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 $600.00 11. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 $600.00 12. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 $600.00 13. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 $600.00 14. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 $600.00 15. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 $500.00 16. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 $500.00 17. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 $500.00 18. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 $500.00 19. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 $400.00 20. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 $400.00 21. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 $400.00 22. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 $400.00 2015 Average (minimum 8 games) Pos. Name - Hometown #Games Average 1. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 12 241.25 2. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 8 240.25 3. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 11 233.64 4. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 11 233.09 5. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 17 232.29 6. Nicodemus, Brian - Akron, Ind. 8 232.00 7. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 15 230.87 8. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 15 230.07 9. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio 8 229.63 10. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 13 228.92 11. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 20 227.55 12. Book, Todd - Russells Point, Ohio 8 227.25 13. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 15 226.93 14. Wunderlich, Jason - Homestead, Pa 8 226.88 15. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 20 224.05 16. Angelo, Brad - Lockport, N.Y. 8 224.00 17. Harris, Brandon - North Canton, Ohio 8 223.38 18. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 15 222.40 19. Touhey, John - Miamisburg, Ohio 8 222.00 20. Robinson, Brian - Morgantown, W.Va. 8 220.13 21. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 11 218.91 22. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 8 218.75 23. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 18 218.11 24. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 12 217.67 25. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 17 216.82 26. Novak, Brandon - Chillicothe, Ohio 8 215.63 27. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio 8 215.25 28. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 12 215.17 29. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 8 214.50 30. Durbin, Jr. Paul - Ellwood City, Pa. 8 214.13 31. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio 8 214.13 32. Richardson, Bill - Daniels, W. Va. 8 212.13 33. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio 8 211.25 34. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio 8 210.13 35. McCune, Eugene - Munster, Ind. 8 209.63 36. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio 8 209.25 37. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y. 8 208.63 38. Cygnarowicz, Chad - Robinson Township, Pa. 8 207.88 39. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 12 204.75 40. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa. 8 203.50 41. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio 8 202.13 42. Jordon, Kelly - Marion, Ohio 8 201.88 43. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh 8 200.88 44. Verble, Larry - Mason, Mich. 8 200.75 45. Toney, Wes - Oak Hill, WV 8 200.63 46. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 13 199.00 47. Johnson, Tony - Canton, Ohio 8 198.00 48. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich. 8 196.88 49. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio 8 196.38 50. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 8 194.00 51. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag 8 193.75 52. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio 8 193.25 53. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio 8 192.25 54. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va. 8 191.88 55. Akins, Chad - Northfield, Ohio 8 190.00 2015 Cashes Pos. Name - Hometown #Cashes Events % 1. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 1 100.00 3. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 1 100.00 4. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 1 100.00 5. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 1 100.00 6. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 7. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 1 100.00 8. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 9. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 10. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 1 100.00 11. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1 100.00 12. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 13. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 1 100.00 14. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 15. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 16. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 1 100.00 17. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 1 100.00 18. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 1 100.00 19. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 20. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 1 100.00 21. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 1 100.00 22. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2015 Finals Pos. Name - Hometown #Finals Events % 1. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 1 100.00 3. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 1 100.00 4. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 1 100.00 5. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 6. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 1 100.00 7. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 8. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 9. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 1 100.00 10. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1 100.00 11. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 12. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 1 100.00 13. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 1 100.00 14. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 1 100.00 15. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 1 100.00 16. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 1 100.00 17. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 1 100.00 18. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2015 Champions Legend Lanes, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Over/Under Doubles) - Parker Bohn III/Patrick Allen
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PBA Spare Shots: Lucky Fan Could Win a Chance to Bowl with Chris Paul in 2016

by Bill Vint January 23, 2015 07:19

NBA star Chris Paul, host of the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, is offering a lucky fan an opportunity to bowl with the Los Angeles Clippers’ all-star guard during the 2016 celebrity fundraiser in Los Angeles. The winning fan and a friend will win an expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, free hotel accommodations, and a chance to meet Paul and his celebrity friends.

To enter, you need to pick the finalists and winner in the 2015 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational. You need to visit this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/cp3foundation and click on the “Donate and Play for a chance to win” link where you will you be asked to select the two celebrity finalists and the winner. A “Player Bios” link also will give you some insight into the celebrity bowlers’ backgrounds.

For each $10 contribution you make to Paul’s CP3 Foundation, you get one entry into the contest. Entries close at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 1. The CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will air on ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER PLAYER, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENTS MONDAY

Xtra Frame will kick off five days of extensive live coverage of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds with a live presentation show Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET, when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will announce the 2014 GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and the winner of the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

PBA Players and Doubles Championship coverage will follow from AMF Bowlero in Milwaukee starting Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET and continuing through Friday. The PBA Network will have full coverage of the competition throughout its diverse media outlets.

For a complete schedule of upcoming events on Xtra Frame, click here: http://www.pba.com/Live/. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Full year Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscriptions are available for $64.99; one-month subscriptions are only $7.99. Xtra Frame is a major component of the PBA’s multi-media PBA Network.

TICKETS FOR ESPN TELECASTS IN INDIANAPOLIS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, over the Feb. 14-15 weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis are now on sale on pba.com.

The “tripleheader” ESPN weekend begins with the finals of the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET for delayed broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The Tournament of Champions stepladder finals will air live on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The Roth/Holman Doubles finals will be contested at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday for telecast on Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET.

For ticket information, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

PBA NETWORK SIGNS SPONSORSHIP PACT WITH LEAGUE PALS

PBA Network, the PBA’s multi-platform media service, has signed a sponsorship agreement with League Pals, a new service that is designed to automate and streamline the cash flow of league bowling. The unique platform enables bowlers and bowling centers to track weekly payments, view stats and standings, search nearby leagues, create and fill teams, receive payments electronically, and more.

"It's 2015 and there are over $2.25 billion in league bowling dues being tracked and collected each year with a paper envelope and a pencil,” said LeaguePals co-founder and CEO Bill Savastano. “LeaguePals set out to introduce much needed technology in a unique and inclusive way to an industry we have a deep and unwavering passion for. We feel LeaguePals will breathe new life into leagues across the nation by starting with the most important pieces - the bowlers, the centers, and how they pay and get paid."

For a preview of what League Pals has to offer, view the introductory video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2mbQFILJmI

As part of the sponsorship package, League Pals will have a rotating ad on pba.com throughout February, presenting sponsor and other visibilities on PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame, throughout the USBC Masters (Feb. 2-7 in Green Bay, Wis.), and prominent links on PBA’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

For information about how to enroll in the League Pals program, visit: www.leaguepals.com.

BARRETT, KULICK TOP WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS LISTS AT END OF 2014

At the conclusion of the 2014 season – including the finals of the PBA World Championship – England’s Dom Barrett is the World Bowling Tour men’s points leader, and for the first time since the cooperative PBA-World Bowling international competition began four years ago, Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi is not among the top three men.

Koivuniemi is the defending WBT Men’s champion and the only male to win that title twice.

Barrett made his move to the top of the two-year, rolling points list with a 10th-place finish in the PBA World Championship, a successful defense of his Qatar Open title and a fifth-place finish in the Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia to close the year with 588 WBT points. Reigning PBA World Champion Mike Fagan is second with 582 points, Sean Rash third with 560, Australia’s Jason Belmonte fourth at 532 and Koivuniemi is fifth with 531 in the race for the top three positions for the 2015 WBT Men’s Finals which will be held as part of PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas in the fall. Rounding out the men’s top 10 with a full schedule of PBA International-World Bowling Tour events yet to come in 2015 are Tommy Jones (467), Finland’s Osku Palermaa (444), Sweden’s Martin Larsen (394), Chris Barnes (378) and England’s Stuart Williams (338).

Two-time defending WBT Women’s champion Kelly Kulick has a big lead on the women’s points list (698), 149 points head of Liz Johnson (559). Sweden’s Sandra Andersson is third (421) followed by Singapore’s Jazreel Tan (394) and Shayna Ng (348), Missy Parkin (318), Colombia’s Clara Guerrero (286), Singapore’s Cheri Tan (283), Danielle McEwan (253) and Sweden’s Joline Persson Planefors (251).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOURNAMENT ACTIVITY BACK IN FULL SWING IN FEBRUARY

PBA Regional activity returns to full swing in February, following the end-of-month Don Vay Memorial Regular/PBA50 Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 23-25.

● The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

● The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, 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

2014 PBA Regional Challenge winner Josh Blanchard and wife Aimee are the proud new parents of Madalyn Marie Blanchard, who arrived at 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 16. Vital statistics: Madalyn weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

● PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, who has competed extensively in Europe over the past three years, added the 27th Irish Open title to his collection on Jan. 18, defeating fellow American Ron Hurt, 439-386, in the two-game title match at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland. Voss, a 25-time PBA Tour titlist, earned 5,000 Euros (roughly $5,600) along with his fourth European Bowling Tour title.

● Reminder: if you missed Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts are archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the “2014 WSOB archives” tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.

● Reminder: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, has renewed its sweepstakes program for 2015 and will award a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky winner each month all year. To enter, book a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com using one of the links below before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The monthly drawing will take place on the last day of the month. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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Monacelli Avenges PBA50 Tour Loss to Williams in PBA Challenge; Parkin, Blanchard, Coffey Also Win

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 09:00

LAS VEGAS – Venezuelan native Amleto Monacelli defeated fellow Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., with a near-perfect game, 277-219, to win the PBA50 Tour Finals as part of a four-match PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame at the new South Point Bowling Plaza.

The PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame aired Sunday on ESPN. The PBA Challenge was a GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI showcase for four different aspects of PBA competition – youth, seniors, women and regional. PBA50, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA Regional qualifying events were held earlier in the World Series, with the top two players advancing to the finals. The Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division winners were decided during the summer in Tamarac, Fla.

In the opening PBA50 Tour Finals match between 2013 finalists, Monacelli avenged his 224-204 loss to Williams. Monacelli just missed a perfect game, leaving the 3-6-10 in the eighth frame, for his only mistake.

“I told myself this morning that I should shoot 300 on TV,” Monacelli said. “That would have been nice. I shot 287 against Mark Roth one time, but I was really focusing on what I needed to do to win the match. It’s a nice way to end the season.”

Monacelli said he lost his focus in the eighth frame when he rushed himself to avoid a shot clock violation.

“But I don’t use that as an excuse because I know what I was supposed to do when things like that come up,” he said, “and I just didn’t do what I needed to do. It’s my own fault.”

In the Teen Masters Grand Championship that followed, Michael Coffey, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., defeated 18-year-old Kelly Skalacki of Corem, N.Y., 202-156, in a match that involved a long oil pattern on the left lane and a shorter application on the right. In addition, all Teen Masters players are limited to using one “old-school” plastic ball and/or one urethane ball, placing emphasis on player skill over technology.

Coffey, who is bowling for Lindenwood University in St. Louis, started with three strikes and had only one open frame – a missed 10 pin in the sixth frame. Skalacki, a member of the Webber International collegiate team in Lake Wales, Fla., struggled with the demanding environment and didn’t strike until the eighth frame.

Both Teen Masters gender division winners were making their national television debuts.

“I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be because I prepared really hard and this is something I want really badly,” Coffey said. “It’s like being around family; you’re not nervous when you’re around family and I feel like this is where I belong.”

Is PBA competition part of his future plans? He answered emphatically, “Yes.”

Parkin won match three easily, 266-202. Parkin, who represented the PBA West Region in the inaugural PBA Women’s Regional finals, defeated PBA Southwest Region representative Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas. Parkin struck on nine of her first 10 shots, while back-to-back 4-6-7 splits in the seventh and eighth frames ended Guerrero’s hopes.

“I was extremely excited when I heard about the PBA Women’s Regional program,” Parkin said, “so I jumped on the opportunity right away. I actually cancelled a big trip to Costa Rica in order to bowl one of the regionals, so this definitely made it worthwhile. It was really a great opportunity to be able to come to the World Series.

“On top of that, my focus was on making the TV show,” she continued. “I practiced a lot getting ready and I bowled really well to make it to TV. That’s the grandest stage of all, the reason we all bowl. Today, I came out remembering why we bowl – because we love our sport. I wanted to have fun and I did and the pins cooperated, so it all worked out.”

Match four pitted 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., representing the PBA Northwest Region, against 2013 Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., representing the Central Region, in the PBA Regional Finals.

Blanchard took the lead with a spare followed by three strikes while Tackett struggled with pin carry in the early frames. Tackett made a ball change in the sixth frame and got lined up, but Blanchard was lined up as well, putting the match away with a late string of five strikes to win, 258-236.

“I had a good ball reaction the whole match,” Blanchard said. “I used a ball I hadn’t thrown until my last shot in practice. I struck with it and made all the right moves, so it made it easy to bowl. I knew (EJ) was going to bowl a good game and the other balls I used in practice, it seemed like I’d bowl a 210, 200, so I needed something different. After that one shot, I knew I was going to stick with it the whole match.”

Blanchard also made it into the PBA Regional field by winning the final Northwest Region event of the season.

“I was supposed to go to (fellow PBA competitor) Andres Gomez’s wedding, but I cancelled – and I ended up winning the regional to get into the field,” he said.

While winning the Regional Finals wasn’t the same as winning his first PBA Tour title, Blanchard feels like he’s getting closer to that goal.

“I’ve been out here for two years and I’m still working at it,” he said. “I change my game every year trying to find the ‘it’ factor to get my first win. Usually when guys do that, they’ll win two or three times, and keep moving along. I’m still waiting for that ‘it’ factor.”

Closing the telecast, the four winners participated in a special one-shot, low-player-out Bonus Knockout Round. Parkin won the event with a strike in the third round to eliminate Blanchard, who left a 10 pin. Coffey was eliminated in the first round and Monacelli was knocked out in the second.

The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA, the final event conducted during the GEICO PBA WSOB VI, will air Sunday, Jan. 25, on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET. The WBT event will be contested using an experimental “best frame” scoring system that is being tested by World Bowling. Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Jason Belmonte of Australia will bowl for the WBT Men’s title. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Sandra Andersson of Sweden will compete in the WBT Women’s final.

PBA CHALLENGE
presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas

PBA50 Tour Final: Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($8,000) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., ($4,000), 277-219.

Teen Masters Grand Championship: Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla. ($10,000 scholarship) def. Kelly Skalacki, Corem, N.Y., ($7,500 scholarship), 202-156.

PBA Women’s Regional Final: Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. ($8,000) def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas ($4,000), 266-202.

PBA Regional Final: Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($8,000) def. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. ($4,000), 258-236.

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