PBA Spare Shots: John Burkett Learns Valuable $5 Lesson in PBA XF Lubbock Southwest Open

by Bill Vint July 1, 2015 08:41

John Burkett said he learned a valuable lesson during the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Southwest Open on his way to winning an additional $5 in prize money.

The former Major League All-Star pitcher, in his rookie year as a PBA50 competitor, bowled A Squad in the nine-game qualifying round of last week’s tournament at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. When a tournament field is too large to accommodate all players on the same squad, the field is split into A and B Squads, one following the other, and scores for all players are combined when both squads are finished.

In cases like that, it’s common practice to predict that half of the players from each squad will make the cut to advance to the next round. In Lubbock, that meant roughly 29 players from each squad were expected to advance. So when Burkett finished his nine games Saturday and sat in 40th place, he assumed there was no way he was going to be among the top 59 advancing to Sunday’s cashers’ round.

“I learned a lesson,” Burkett said. “I never figured the squad split would be like that, so I drove home.”

Home was roughly 320 miles and five hours away in Southlake, Texas. As he approached home, Burkett was monitoring Xtra Frame and found out he had, in fact, qualified for the cashers’ round in 58th place. After getting three hours of sleep, he turned around and drove five hours back to Lubbock.

If he had withdrawn from the tournament and stayed home, he would have earned $500 for finishing 59th. Instead, he bowled his six-game cashers’ round and wound up finishing 51st, earning $505 – a net gain of $5.

The money had absolutely nothing to do with his decision to return to Lubbock.

“If you look at my baseball career, I took the mound every fifth day,” the 50-year-old Burkett said. “When I sign up for a tournament, I obligate myself to bowl the whole event. I don’t think it’s professional to quit. Out of respect to the PBA, the other players, the tournament host, you finish the event. I wouldn’t want to look people in the face if I quit. I have too much respect for the sport.

“And I also believe in myself,” he added. “After the first two games, I moved up 24 places to 34th. But the lanes changed so fast after the second game, I couldn’t make the adjustment. The transition completely confused me.

“Nah, I wasn’t tired,” he said. “I usually only sleep six hours a night anyway, so three hours’ sleep wasn’t a problem. Plus I don’t like to make excuses.

“But I will admit I wasn’t looking forward to another five-hour drive back home,” he said with a laugh.


PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule of programming for the month of July covers every age group and gender: teens, women, seniors and PBA’s core of standard players, beginning with an extended Fourth of July schedule from Las Vegas, where Xtra Frame will visit South Point Bowling Plaza to cover the Teen Masters National Championships (June 30-July 3) and the Collegiate Masters (July 4-5).

On July 8 and 9, Xtra Frame will video-stream a non-PBA event, the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Immediately afterward, Professional Women’s Bowling Association competition will make its Xtra Frame debut with start-to-finish coverage of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, July 10-11, from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.

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.


The PBA Network is expanding its presence in the social media arena again, unveiling a new PBA Tour page (“pbatour”) on Instagram. Fans also can follow photo diaries of a growing number of PBA Tour players who have created their own personal accounts on Instagram. To find out which players currently have Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts, visit pba.com, click on the “Bowlers” tab and open PBA Tour Bowlers.

The PBA Network is the organization’s comprehensive multi-media collection of programs and services that create exposure for professional bowling around the globe. To look into the array of PBA Network elements, visit pba.com and click on the PBA Network link.


The head-to-head Super Clash between PBA rivals Sean Rash and Jason Belmonte, contested during the 2014 PBA Winter Swing in Allen Park, Mich., will join the library of PBA Modern Classics on PBA’s YouTube channel on Friday. You’ll be able to quickly access the program using this link: https://youtu.be/h4f64iIU3jY

Some of the PBA’s most memorable recent telecasts will become part of the PBA Modern Classic library on PBA’s YouTube channel, with new additions to the collections planned for every other Friday.


Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Anthony Kennard of Wapakoneta, Ohio won titles in the PWBA Central Open, presented by PBA, and PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge doubleheader at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27.

O’Keefe, the head women’s bowling coach at McKendree University, defeated Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio by 97 pins to win the PBA Central Region’s Professional Women’s Bowling Association title. O’Keefe, who finished with an eight-game total of 1,836 pins, earned $1,200 in the women only event.

Kennard defeated amateur Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 238-220, to win the joint PBA Central-Midwest regional “challenge” event, which was open to PBA members and non-members who have not won a PBA event. The title earned Kennard $1,500 along with eligibility to enter the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., by 53 pins to win the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open at Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., on Sunday. Sullins, who finished with a 15-game total of 3,242 pins, including match play bonus pins, earned $1,500 along with his 19th career PBA50 Regional title.

Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 205-226, 277-256, 216-203, in the best-of-three-game title match to win $1,700 and his seventh PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va., Sunday.

● Three events over the Fourth of July weekend include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

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.


● Reminders: book a room through the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com and you will be automatically entered into HotelPlanner.com’s monthly sweepstakes that awards a $200 lodging gift certificate. June’s HotelPlanner.com winner is Jennifer Vest of Chillicothe, Ohio. Or sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription –monthly or XF Season Ticket – and you could win a new MOTIV bowling ball in the monthly MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes, like Joe Goldstein of San Bruno, Calif., did in the July sweepstakes. Look for the Xtra Frame link on pba.com’s home page.

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Rookie Bob Spaulding Averages 241.8 to Top PBA50 Northern California Classic Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider June 16, 2015 14:12

Bob Spaulding of McKinney, Texas, who won the 1995 Quaker State 250 for his lone PBA Tour title, averaged 241.8 to earn top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV Tuesday at Harvest Park Bowl.

Spaulding a 53-year-old PBA50 Tour rookie who hasn’t competed in topflight professional competition since 1997, led qualifying with a 3,869 16-game pinfall bowling games of 189, 276, 258, 259, 213, 248, 278 and 222 in Tuesday’s second round.

“I’m basically having to learn everything all over again,” said Spaulding, who also finished second to Mike Aulby in the 1995 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. “Until a few months ago I’ve never bowled with this equipment. Everything’s different from the ball surfaces to the weight blocks to just about everything, so I’m pleasantly surprised at how well I’m doing.

“I have to say everybody’s been great out here and a lot of help so it makes everything all that more enjoyable.”

Spaulding leads a field of 33 bowlers who will compete in Wednesday’s match play that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals. All of tomorrow’s action can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame with finals coverage schedule to begin at 5:30 p.m. PT.

The Northern California Classic is the third PBA50 Tour tournament that Spaulding has competed in this season with a best finish of 16th in last week’s Fountain Valley Open.

Spaulding edged out PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela 12 pins behind in second with a 3,857 pinfall. Rounding out the top five were last week’s Fountain Valley Open winner Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,742; Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,738, and first round leader Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,736.

Former major league all-star pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett made the cut to match play finishing in a tie for sixth with PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., with a 3,691 pinfall. It marks the fourth of five tournaments Burkett has made the cut and is hoping to improve on his season’s best finish of 15th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is providing full coverage of the final day of the PBA50 Northern California Classic. For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.


Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games. Top 24 advance to match play; places 25-33rd plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Bob Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 3,869.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,857.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,742.
4, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,738.
5, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,736.
6, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,691.
8, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 3,679.
9, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,671.
10, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,649.
11, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3,627.
12, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,602.
13, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,596.
14, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,592.
15, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,591.
16, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,589.
17, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,585.
18, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,579.
19, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,571.
20, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,560.
21, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,557.
22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,550.
23, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,545.
24, a-Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 3,540.
25, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,536.
26, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,518.
27, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 3,511.
28, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,500.
29, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,499.
30, (tie) Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., and Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,494.
32, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,491.
33, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,483.
34, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,468.
35, ss-Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,462, $1,000.
36, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 3,461.
37, (tie) ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,456, $1,000, and Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 3,456.
39, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,447, $1,000.
40, ss-a-John Dorsett, Concord, Calif., 3,441, $1,000.
41, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,439.
42, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 3,437.
43, (tie) Junior Self, Martinez, Calif., and a-Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., 3,435.
45, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,431.
46, ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,414, $1,000.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,413, $1,000.
48, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,411.
49, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,401.
50, Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 3,400.
51, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 3,393.
52, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,391, $1,000.
53, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,384, $1,000.
54, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,382.
55, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,371.
56, Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3,340.
57, Dan Sasaki, Richmond, Callif., 3,339.
58, a-Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 3,338.
59, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,333.
60, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 3,300.
61, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,295.
62, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,294.
63, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,291.
64, (tie) Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,288.
66, a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 3,287.
67, Dave Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3,280.
68, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,277.
69, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 3,260.
70, Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., 3,256.
71, Pat Nolan, Japan, 3,230.
72, Eddie Katz, Lakewood, Calif., 3,227.
73, a-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 3,201.
74, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,197.
75, Keith Pridgeon, Antioch, Calif., 3,196.
76, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,193.
77, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,180.
78, Duane Wilson, Brentwood, Calif., 3,173.
79, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,170.
80, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,167.
81, a-Phillip Spruill, San Francisco, 3,166.
82, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,164.
83, a-Steve Adams, Grass Valley, Calif., 3,161.
84, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,153.
85, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 3,131.
86, Joseph Jimenez, Rowland Hts, Calif., 3,106.
87, a-Scott DeSelms Sr., Castro Valley, Calif., 3,081.
88, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,067.
89, a-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif, 3,050.
90, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 3,045.
91, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,019.
92, Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 2,997.
93, Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 2,996.
94, a-Kenneth Daily, Danville, Calif., 2,984.
95, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,974.
96, Mike Saraiva, Napa, Calif., 2,937.
97, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,921.
98, a-Christopher Sargent, Crockett, Calif., 2,769.
99, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Calif., 2,607.
100, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,780.
101, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,457.

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,000

a-denotes amateur

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Ronnie Russell Surprises Himself by Winning PBA Badger Open for Third Career Title

by Jerry Schneider June 9, 2015 15:17

Of the three animal pattern events that make up the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, the Badger Open was the one Ronnie Russell thought he was least likely to win.

For a player who gets better results playing on PBA’s shorter lane conditions, Russell surprised even himself by winning the Badger Open which aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network from the Grand Casino Resort Event Center. It was Russell’s third career title.

The 35-year-old Marion, Ind., resident, who won last year’s Summer Swing Bear Open on the shorter 40-foot lane condition for his second Tour win, beat four-time Tour winner and top qualifier Dom Barrett of England, 218-178, in the championship match which was contested on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, the longest of the Summer Swing lane conditions.

“My (ball) roll is quite a bit different than most players out here,” Russell said. “I’m better on the shorter lane conditions because I like to get the ball down early which makes those conditions work in my favor. On a condition like the Badger, the guys with the lower rev rates usually do better.

“I was carrying the pins better than the other guys because I was using different angles to the pocket and I felt I could throw a good shot when I needed to which gave me a good comfort level,” Russell added.

Russell, who qualified third for the finals, beat Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., who was making his first U.S. television appearance in more than two years, 235-217, in the second match. He then eliminated three-time Tour winner and No. 2 qualifier Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., in the semifinal match, 244-193, to advance to the final.

Despite a second-place finish earlier this season in the PBA Players Championship, Russell still had some concerns about when his next win would come. He credited Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, who beat him in the Players Championship title match, for some valuable advice.

“I didn’t want the thought of when another win would come to wear on me and Parker gave me some good advice,” Russell said. “He told me to stay focused and have a good time instead of worrying about winning until I get in that position. I like to have too good a time out there and sometimes I just need to calm down.”

In the opening match, Williams, who was trying to extend his all-time leading Tour win total to 48 at age 55, ended 28-year-old Houston two-hander Shawn Maldonado’s hopes for his first Tour title, 232-223.

The Badger Open is the third of five events that comprise the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) are televised by CBS Sports Network. The Oklahoma Open finals will air on June 16 and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing on June 23, both at 9 p.m. ET.

Russell also will join the previous Summer Swing winners (Tommy Jones, Bear Open, and Kyle Troup, Wolf Open) in the King of the Swing special event. The Oklahoma Open and a wild card player, based upon Summer Swing competition points without winning a title, will complete the King of the Swing field.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, features a preview and post-game show for all CBS Sports Network telecasts of Summer Swing events. PBA fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information, visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.


Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Final Standings

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., $10,000.

2, Dom Barrett, England, $5,000.

3, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., $4,000.

4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $3,500.

5. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, $3,000.

Playoff Results

Match One – Williams def. Maldonado, 232-223.

Match Two – Russell def. Williams, 235-217.

Semifinal Match – Russell def. Page, 244-193.

Championship – Russell def. Barrett, 218-178.

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Weber Averages 233 to Earn Top Qualifier Honors For PBA50 Fountain Valley Open

by Jerry Schneider June 9, 2015 10:50

Fresh off his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open win last week, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., averaged 233 to earn top qualifier honors Tuesday for the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl.

Weber, who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season and fifth of his career, led qualifying with a 3,728 16-game overall pinfall total bowling games of 204, 196, 237, 259, 241, 258, 235 and 256 in the second round.

“Today, I was having to deal with the (lane condition) transition at the start of the block but the lanes started to break down to my advantage,” said the 37-time PBA Tour titlist. “Overall, I’m really happy with my game right now. I just need to keep in mind that for match play the conditions will change a little differently than in qualifying but other than that I should be in good shape.”

Weber will lead a field of 34 bowlers who will compete in Wednesday’s match play that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals schedule for 7 p.m. PT. All of tomorrow’s action can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

Weber won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open last Friday by defeating Eric Forkel of Henderson, Nev., 224-212, in the title match to join fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke as the only players to win the U.S. Open on both the PBA and PBA50 Tours.

“I didn’t feel too bad on Saturday but Sunday I was sore,” said Weber, who bowled 50 grueling games last week to make the Senior U.S. Open finals. “What was kind of strange is usually my hand is the first thing to go after so many games – but my hand is fine – it’s the rest of my body that was feeling it.”

Weber topped 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., who finished the day in second 41 pins behind with a 3,687 pinfall. Goebel, has a career best finish of second and season’s best finish of third, which came in the Pasco County Florida Open.

Rounding out the top five heading into Wednesday’s match play were Miller High Life Classic winner Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,626; 1995 PBA Tour Quaker State Open champion Bob Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 3,591, and Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,584.

Former major league all-star pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett of Southlake, Texas qualified ninth to advance to match play. He finished the round with a 3,544 pinfall (221 average).

He’s in good position to improve on his season’s best 15th-place finish in last week’s Suncoast Senior U.S. Open.

First round leader, 67-year-old Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., finished qualifying in sixth with a 3,582 pinfall. He’s hoping to improve on a career best third-place PBA50 Tour finish. If he can win he would become the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour event. The current record is held by James Brenner at 66 years, 358 days.

For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.


Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif., Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games. Top 24 advance to match play; places 25-34th plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over

a-denotes amateur

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,728.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,687.
3, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,626.
4, Bob Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 3,591.
5, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,584.
6, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,582.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,578.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,554.
9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,544.
10, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,528.
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,515.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,509.
13, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,499.
14, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,496.
15, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,475.
16, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,474.
17, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,440.
18, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,422.
19, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,420.
20, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,407.
21, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,404.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,375.
23, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,356.
24, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,353.
25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,341.
26, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,330.
27, ss-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3,328.
28, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,326.
29, (tie) ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,322.
31, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,315.
32, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,314.
33, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,312.
34, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,304.
35, ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 3,302.
36, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,297.
37, ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,293.
38, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,283.
39, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,282.
40, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 3,278.
41, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,276.
42, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,273.
43, ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,269.
44, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,264.
45, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,245.
46, Eddie Katz, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,243.
47, ss-Kent Whitson, Sausalito, Calif., 3,241.
48, John Austin Jr., Friendswood, Texas, 3,237.
49, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,236.
50, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,219.
51, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., and ss-a-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 3,217.
53, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,203.
54, Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 3,197.
55, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,195.
56, ss-Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 3,194.
57, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,193.
58, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,188.
59, ss-a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 3,172.
60, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,160.
61, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,149.
62, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,148.
63, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 3,145.
64, ss-Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,141.
65, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,140.
66, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,120.
67, ss-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3,104.
68, (tie) Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,102.
70, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and a-Bob Sitman, Cypress, Calif., 3,100.
72, ss-a-Johnny Pineda, Tustin, Calif., 3,099.
73, Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 3,095.
74, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,092.
75, ss-a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,086.
76, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,062.
77, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,056.
78, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,043.
79, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,032.
80, a-Kent Steckbeck, Lakewood, Calif., 3,019.
81, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,017.
82, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 3,016.
83, a-Chip Pettiford, Los Angeles, 3,001.
84, Carey Hoffmann, Phoenix, 2,979.
85, ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 2,952.
86, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2,948.
87, Mario Ortez, Visalia, Calif, 2,946.
88, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,940.
89, ss-Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 2,925.
90, ss-a-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 2,905.
91, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,892.
92, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 2,890.
93, ss-a-Douglas Andrews, Seal Beach, Calif., 2,889.
94, Jim Hageman, San Jose, Calif, 2,875.
95, ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2,847.
96, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,831.
97, a-Roger Stone, Orange, Calif., 2,813.
98, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,807.
99, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,801.
100, Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 2,789.
101, a-William Waters, Irvine, Calif., 2,752.
102, Pete Milkovich, Hercules, Calif., 2,747.
103, Jeff Garrison, Hawthorne, Calif., 1,687.

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over

a-denotes amateur

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PBA Spare Shots: Sizzling Summer Schedule on Tap for PBA Competitors, Fans

by Bill Vint June 5, 2015 08:31

The summer of 2015 is about to become one of the most competitive in years for PBA members, with five exclusive Xtra Frame tournaments, the first four of seven PWBA Regionals, a number of PBA50 Tour events, a full calendar of traditional PBA standard/PBA50/PWBA Regional Challenge qualifying events, and a significant international tournament in Japan.

For those who are not already Xtra Frame subscribers, below is a perfect set of reasons to sign on. A 12-month XF Season Ticket costs $64.99; a one-month subscription is $7.99 and a three-day subscription is $3.99 if you only want to watch a weekend event. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the summer agenda:

PBA Tour on Xtra Frame

Of special interest this summer is an expanded schedule of PBA Tour Xtra Frame events that will feature exclusive, live start-to-finish coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel, award PBA Tour titles, and enhanced prize funds. The Xtra Frame Tour events get underway June 19-21 with the Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., followed by the Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 26-28.

Over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend, the Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, will award PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles. And the Aug. 4-7 PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., hosted by the PBA Central Region, will award both PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titles. Wrapping up the summer Xtra Frame PBA Tour events will be the Middletown East Open from Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.

PWBA Regionals and PWBA on Xtra Frame

The first four “women only” PWBA Regional tournaments, conducted by PBA’s regional managers, will be open to PWBA-PBA members and amateurs. One event in each of the PBA’s eight regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan) will offer $10,000 prize funds based on a minimum of 40 entries each.

Host centers and cities for the first four events include Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif. (West Region), June 5-7; Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash. (Northwest Region), June 12-14; Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Central Region), June 26-27, and Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. (South Region) July 4-6. Events in the other regions will be held later in the year, avoiding conflicts with the revival of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour program.

And, in addition to the PWBA Regional events, all PWBA Tour events in July, August and September will be televised exclusively on Xtra Frame (click here for the full schedule: http://pwba.com/Tournaments/Schedule).

In addition to the specific “women only” PWBA Regionals, more than 60 additional “standard” regions tournaments will be PWBA Regional Challenge points qualifying events. In those events, women will bowl alongside men, but earn points based upon how they qualify. The leading woman in points in each PBA Region will earn a free entry into PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno in December along with a chance to earn a berth in the PWBA Regional Challenge Finals that will air on ESPN.

PBA50 Tour on Xtra Frame

The remaining seven events on the 2015 PBA50 Tour will be held this summer, all except the USBC Senior Masters featuring start-to-finish live coverage on Xtra Frame. Following the PBA Senior U.S. Open, which ends Friday in Las Vegas, PBA50 players will head to Fountain Valley, Calif., for the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open, June 7-10, followed by PBA50 Northern California Classic at long-time host Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., June 14-17.

After a month-long break, “senior” players return to the Midwest for the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., July 19-22; the USBC Senior Masters at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. (covered by BowlTV), July 27-Aug. 1; the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7; and a Pro Bowl West doubleheader for “senior” and “super senior” players in Fort Wayne, Ind., to close the season: the PBA50 Fort Wayne Classic, Aug. 8-11, and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Aug. 13-15.

Based upon season-long competition points, the top eight PBA50 players will advance to the PBA50 Challenge during WSOB VII in Reno.

International Showcase in Japan

The bowling world also will have its eyes on the recently-announced Round 1 Japan World Open, July 9-12, in Tokyo, that will feature men’s and women’s singles divisions, with first prizes of 10 million yen (US$83,000) in each division, and a special mixed doubles competition including teams representing Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Japan.

This event, which will feature a number of PBA stars to-be-announced, is being designed as a showcase for the Japan Olympic Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee as bowling makes its bid to be included as a new sport in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Standard PBA and PBA50 Regionals

An extensive schedule of standard regionals, and many of which include PWBA-regional points competitions, and PBA50 regionals also are on tap for the summer months. Regional players also will be competing for high-points honors within their respective regions to earn berths in the end-of-year PBA Regional Challenge at WSOB VII.

For complete schedules, entry information, and details about PBA tournament opportunities for amateur and professional men and women, PWBA and PBA50 competitors, visit pba.com and click on the “schedules” tab


Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nev., and Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., won PBA50 West Region titles in a pair of traditional Arizona events prior to the start of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

Mohr, a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, posted a 12-4 match play record and a 6,079 pinfall total Friday to win his ninth career regional title in the PBA50 Miller High Life West Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, on May 29. Mohr, who earned $1,500, defeated Tony Majcher of Rolling Meadows, Ill., by 36 pins for his title.

Two-days earlier, Warren, the owner of 43 standard PBA Regional titles, earned his first in PBA50 competition in the sixth annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West. Warren posted a 13-3 match play record and a 5,917 pinfall total for a $4,000 first prize and a 197-pin margin of victory over Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas.

● A busy summer of PBA Regional competition gets underway over the June 5-7 weekend with the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Tri City Lanes South Open in Easley, S.C.; the PWBA Western Open – a women only event – at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif.; and a pair of one-day, reduced entry fee PBA50 Parkin’s Bowling Supply West Open events, also at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif.

● Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., will highlight the June 12-14 weekend when it hosts the added-money Jonesboro Southwest/Midwest Open presented by MOTIV, offering a projected $5,000 first prize. Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill., will host the Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open while competition for women and PBA50 players includes the PWBA Northwest Open along with a pair of joint PBA50 Secoma Lanes West/Northwest Open one-day, reduced entry fee events, in Federal Way, Wash.

● The June 19-21 schedule includes the first PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournaments of the summer season, the Pensacola South Open presented by Roto Grip, at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. Also on the weekend schedule are a pair one-day American Family Insurance Midwest Open events presented by Columbia 300 at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.; the Planet Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners in Oklahoma City; the Fort Meade East Challenge for non-winners at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md.; the J.D. Producing Inc./Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer in Wooster, Ohio, and a PBA/PBA50 doubleheader, the Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the second PBA Tour Xtra Frame event, the Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm. Also on the weekend schedule, Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., will host the PWBA Central Open along with a one-day, reduced entry fee Central/Midwest Challenge. Sparetimes in Hampton, Va., will host the PBA50 Sparetimes South Open, and Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., will host the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open.

● Two events are on the Fourth of July weekend schedule: a PBA and PBA50 Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., and the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

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.


● Reminder: PBA fans who miss the original Tuesday night telecasts of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing finals on CBS Sports Network can find the shows in the archives on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Fridays after they air. Xtra Frame is available on three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 12-month ($64.99) subscription plans. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

● The winner of the May MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes and a new MOTIV bowling ball is Larry Robinson of Stockton, Calif. If you are not an Xtra Frame subscriber, you can enter the MOTIV sweepstakes by signing up for a new monthly or full-year Xtra Frame subscription – monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). MOTIV’s ball-a-month sweepstakes will continue throughout 2015.

● May’s winner in the monthly HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes is William Block. The official travel partner of the PBA awards a $200 lodging gift certificate each month to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com and you will be automatically entered. The gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Reminder: After each Tuesday night Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing telecast on CBS Sports Network, there will be a short post-game video posted to YouTube. To view the Bear Open video featuring Mike J. Laneside interviewing Tommy Jones, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj6O8Jc8DdY

● Last call: applications for the 2015 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship must be postmarked by June 15. The $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognizes exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. Eligible candidates must be currently in college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be downloaded using this link: https://pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships/.

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