Lynda and Chris Barnes Take Qualifying Lead in PBA-PWBA XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Doubles

by Bill Vint August 1, 2015 14:37

HOUSTON, Texas – Lynda and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, husband-and-wife teammates, doubles partners and occasional opponents since 1997, averaged a combined 214.6 over eight games to take the qualifying lead in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Saturday at Palace Lanes.

Lynda Barnes, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, and husband Chris, an 18-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, finished qualifying with 3,434 pins to take a one-pin lead over Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, and Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, into Sunday’s four-game cashers’ round.

Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth were in third place with 3,417 pins followed by recent Robert Morris University-Illinois graduates and dating couple Jackie Carbonetto of Blauvelt, N.Y., and Matt Gasn of Laurel, Md., who were fourth with 3,415 pins.

Lynda Barnes, who gave the couple the lead with a 279 final game Saturday, said she and Chris have bowled together before with mixed results, “but we keep trying. We seem to get calmer every year. It’s a challenge to bowl with your husband, but I’d really rather not bowl with anyone else.”

Chris Barnes, who won the 2001 tournament with partner Amy Dillon, admitted he and Lynda have bowled as Team USA teammates beginning in 1997, as doubles partners and once in a while, against each other, but enjoying the success as partners is the best option.

“As you spend more time together, you figure out how to communicate and play together at the best level, which is the long way of saying I don’t talk anymore,” Chris grinned. “Today she had the better ball reaction and after watching some of the other guys at the time in the tournament when the guys start moving to play an inside angle, I was watching Lynda and she had a four-bagger (playing a much straighter shot), so I tried to play as close to where she was playing as possible.”

The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.

The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.

For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games, top 30 advance to cashers’ round Sunday)
1, Lynda /Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,434.
2, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,433.
3, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
4, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y./Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 3,415.
5 (tie), Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill./Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,403.
7, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio/David Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,386.
8, Verity Crawley, England/Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,336.
9, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./arshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,312.
10, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,307.
11, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 3,281.
12, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago/DJ Archer, Kingswood, Texas, 3,275.
13, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
14, Clara Guerrero/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,261.
15, Heather Whitney/Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,260.
16, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
17, Sandra Gongora/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,250.
18, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./ Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 3,249.
19, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winterhaven, Fla., 3,248.
20, Maria Rodriguez/Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 3,232.
21, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
22, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,221.
23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
24, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md./Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,213.
25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas/Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,212.
26, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y./Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3,208.
27, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,206.
28, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,204.
29, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y./Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 3,202.
30, x-Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 3,200.

Failed to advance:

31, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
32, Brandi Calderon/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
33, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
34, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
35 (tie), Kristina Frahm/John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
37, Jessica/Ryan Abel, Rose Hill, Kan., 3,180.
38, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah/Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., 3,171.
39, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas/Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,145.
40, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas/Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., 3,144.
41, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,138.
42, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
43, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark./Michael Shirley, North Little Rock, Ark., 3,134.
44, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif./Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,126.
45, Tina/Stuart Williams, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,125.
46, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
47, Kerry Moreland/Ryan Holland, Houston, Texas, 3,120.
48 (tie), Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah/Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, and Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
50, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah/Michael Haugen, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,111.
51, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
52, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa./Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,100.
53, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Kelly Ray, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,089.
54, Ashley Adams, Dallas, Texas/Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,077.
55, April Ellis-Murphy, Wichita, Kan./Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,075.
56, Jasmine Coleman, Manteca, Calif./Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,074.
57, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
58, Carolyn Dorin Ballard, Keller, Texas/Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,056.
59 (tie), Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif./Brian Valenta, Valparaiso, Ind., and Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
61, Elizabeth Sienicki, San Jose, Calif./Eric Traylor, Cypress, Texas, 3,050.
62, Samantha Kelly/Eric Fritton, Milwaukee, Wis., 3,045.
63, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
64 (tie), Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y./Craig Nidiffer, Detroit, Mich., and Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
66, Kaidee Sutphin/David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
67, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
68, Kamilah Dammers, Aruba/Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,014.
69, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
70, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,004.
71, Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas/Peter Wong, Houston, Texas, 3,001.
72, Mariana Alvarado, Alexandria, Va./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,987.
73, Crystal Boutotte, Montgomery, Texas, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981
74, Laura Hardeman, San Diego, Calif./Steve Smith, San Diego, Texas, 2,973.
75, Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./eoffrey Young, Keller, Texas, 2,971.
76, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas/David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 2,961.
77 (tie), Erica McPhail, Copperas Cove, Texas/Josh Maxson, Killeen, Texas, and Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
79, Connie Esters/Jack Bevelhymer, League City, Texas, 2,934.
80, Nicole Parkhurst, Utica, N.Y./Steve Lemke, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2,933.
81, Maggie Adams/Kevin Lepler, Houston, Texas, 2,929.
82, Michelle Sterner, Buffalo, N.Y./Jason Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,923.
83, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
84, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
85, Diana Jessie, Dallas, Texas/Toney Nelson, Grapevine, Texas, 2,904.
86, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
87, Cathy Nelson, Lakeside, Texas/Billy Fontenot, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,888.
88, Courtney/Kevin Bolin, Katy, Texas, 2,883.
89, Tristan Senegal, Baton Rouge, La./Omar Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 2,882.
90, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas/Brett Wolfe, Mesa, Ariz., 2,881.
91 (tie), Joi Bell , Pflugerville, Texas/Terence McQueen, Houston, Texas; Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va./Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., and Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
94, Bryanna Caldwell/Randy Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,867.
95, Debby Oulicky/Robert McBride, Dallas, Texas, 2,863.
96, Sandi Charles, Nolanville, Texas/CJ Thomas, Shreveport, La., 2,859.
97, Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas/Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,849.
98, Britney Russell, Houston, Texas/Will Werner, Montgomery, Texas, 2,845.
99, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
100, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla./Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 2,831.
101 (tie), Brette Joseph, Pflugerville, Texas/Warren Waggett, Houston, Texas; Kiyoko McDonald, McKinney, Texas/AJ Rice, Phoenix City, Ala., and Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
104, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
105, Alice Hale, Austin, Texas/Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
106, Nichole DePaul Miller, Baytown, Texas/Mark London, La Porte, Texas, 2,810.
107, Mary Jo Cox/Lee Lorts, Houston, Texas, 2,806.
108, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
109, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas/John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 2,794.
110, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
111, Diva Gwiscz/Kevin Foerster, Houston, Texas, 2,773.
112, Deidra Johnson/Darrin Senegal, Baton Rouge, La., 2,770.
113, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
114 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737.
116, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
117, Norma Manns, Austin, Texas/David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 2,712.
118, Sue Jeziorski, West Seneca, N.Y./John Kroll, West Seneca, N.Y., 2,705.
119, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
120, Laura Godfrey, San Antonio, Texas/Chris Bryant, Austin, Texas, 2,697.
121, Tamara Thompson, Grand Prairie, Texas/Clint Land, Houston, Texas, 2,685.
122, Rocky Boubel, Selma, Texas/Mark Waldrep, Longboat Key, Fla., 2,680.
123, Taylor Evans, Katy, Texas/Jeremy Evans, Taylor, Texas, 2,675.
124, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
125, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
126, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.
  x-Romeo and VanDaniker def. Thornton and Lavery-Spahr, 458-414, for the final place in the cashers’ round.

300 Games: Blake Paris.

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Long-Time Doubles Partners Anita Arnett, Tyler Jensen Hold Early Lead in PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame “Luci” Mixed

by Bill Vint July 31, 2015 12:56

HOUSTON, Texas – Former collegiate star Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and partner Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth led the first qualifying squad in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Friday at Palace Lanes, averaging a composite 213.56 to pace their 42-team squad with a 3,417 pinfall total.

In second place after the opening squad were Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon, Mich., and Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, with a combined eight-game total of 3,272 pins, 145 pins behind the leaders.

Arnett, 32, and Jensen, 31, had never met until they were paired by tournament founder Donna Conners 10 years ago. Arnett, who was known as Anita Manns when she was named 2002 USBC Albert Crowe Star of Tomorrow and won collegiate woman bowler of the year at Wichita State University, is now a pediatric nurse and the married mother of year-and-a-half-old son Mason. Jensen is a regional salesman for Storm Bowling Products, married with a young son.

But 10 years ago they were just two talented young bowlers. “Donna told me I needed to bowl in her tournament, and she told Anita she needed to bowl,” Jensen said, “and then she put us together. We’ve bowled together ever since.”

“We have a blast,” Arnett said. “Our personalities click. We laugh so much.”

“It’s like, wow, we’re done – see you next year,” Jensen laughed.

“We’ve bowled well together,” Arnett added. “We finished second or third one year.”

“Yeah, I can’t remember either. It’s like being married for 10 years and you forget.”

Arnett, said she doesn’t bowl as much as she once did due to her job and family, but is bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association events when it’s practical. Jensen is a 12-year part-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour player and a regular in regional competition.

Their scores are likely to advance them into Sunday’s 30-team cashers round, but that will depend on how the two additional squads of 42 teams each bowl in their eight-game qualifying rounds on Saturday. Among the teams yet to bowl are three-time winners Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and partner Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio.

The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.

The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.

For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Friday

Qualifying Round One (after 8 games, Squad C only; Squads A and B bowl round one on Saturday)
1, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
2, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
3, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
4, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
5, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
6 (tie), Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., and Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
8, Brandi/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
9, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
10, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
11, Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
12, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
13, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
14, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
15, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
16, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
17, Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
18, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
19, Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
20, Kaidee Sutphin, Orlando, Fla./David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
21, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
22, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
23, Crystal Boutotte/Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981.
24, Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
25, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
26, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
27, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
28, Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
29, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
30, Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
31, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
32, Alice Hale , Austin, Texas, Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
33, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
34, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
35, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
36 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.,/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737
38, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
39, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
40, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
41, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
42, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.

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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 Modern Classics Offers “Double Feature” with LeBron James on Friday

by Bill Vint June 11, 2015 07:32

Borrowing from the long-gone days of “double features” at your friendly neighborhood movie theater, the PBA is unveiling two episodes in its new “PBA Modern Classics” section on YouTube’s PBABowling channel on Friday.

In addition to the previously-announced release of the 2010 One A Day Dick Weber Open from Fountain Bowl, an event featuring well-known sports personality Bill Simmons as a commentator during Mike Fagan’s first PBA Title performance, the PBA also will release the first Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational telecast in 2008 from Winston-Salem, N.C.

While Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and friends chase the National Basketball Association title, the 2008 Chris Paul celebrity event will show fans LeBron’s bowling skills. James and PBA Hall of Fame partner Jason Couch defeated CP3 and his partner, Chris Barnes, in the title match of the inaugural event. In addition to Paul and James, other NBA stars who appeared in the inaugural event were Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.

PBA REGIONAL FACEBOOK PAGES REVAMPED

Bowlers and fans within each of the PBA’s seven U.S. regions are invited to “follow” competition in their respective areas by visiting newly-revised home pages for each region on Facebook. To find the home page for each region, search for PBA East Region (or South, Central, Midwest Southwest, West or Northwest), and hit the “like” button. A PBA Japan Region page will be added soon.

The PBA regional pages on Facebook will include information about upcoming tournaments, along with results and photos of tournaments as they are completed, and other news of interest to regional players and fans.

All PBA followers on Facebook also are encourage to “share” PBA pages with their own groups of friends and family.

PBA FAMILY WELCOMES TWO NEW ARRIVALS

Chris and Erin Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, welcomed the arrival of Emmett Harold Loschetter on May 29 at 8:58 p.m., earlier than expected. Emmett arrived about two months early, weighed in at 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 15 inches long. Despite his premature arrival and associated health concerns, father Chris reports the couple’s first child is progressing nicely.

On June 6 at 7:46 a.m., Dan and Kristy MacLelland of Kitchener, Ontario, welcomed their first-born, Harper Lynn MacLelland. Harper weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NORTON, STATON, PARKIN WIN IN CALIFORNIA TRIPLEHEADER

Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; amateur Joe Staton of Alta Loma, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were victorious in a PBA West Region tripleheader sponsored by Parkin’s Bowling Supply at Bowlium Lanes Sunday.

Norton posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,925 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s PBA Parkin’s Bowling Supply Open, a standard PBA West Regional event, by 215 pins over Eddie Van Daniker Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif.

Staton won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 10-2 match play record and 4,809 total pins, beating Timothy Banks of Hanscom AFB by 327 pins for the $1,500 first prize. Because he’s not a member, Staton does not get credit for a PBA title.

Parkin, the first woman to join the PBA and the only woman to win three standard PBA Regional titles, made history again, winning the first Professional Women’s Bowling Association Regional, an event conducted by the PBA. Parkin had a 7-1 match play record and knocked down 3,749 total pins for her 16 games to top Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, for the win and a $1,200 prize. Guerrero had 3,460 pins.

Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y. defeated Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 257-244, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., on Sunday, June 7.

After qualifying seventh in the field of 104, Allen posted an 8-4 match play record to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He then dispatched Tommy Gollick of Enola, Pa., 244-234, when Gollick left an 8 pin on his second ball of the final frame, and he defeated PWBA-Team USA member Danielle McEwan of South Point, N.Y., 244-215, to advance to the title match against Kent, the top qualifier.

Kent struck out in the 10th frame of the title match to force Allen to throw the first strike in his 10th frame, which he did to clinch his 26th career PBA regional victory and his second of the year in the East Region. Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour champion and native of the metropolitan New York area, recently moved back “home” from Florida. He earned $3,000 for the win.

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 237-226, to win the $2,500 first prize in the first PBA Tri City Lanes Easley South Open at Tri City Lanes in Easley, S.C., Sunday.

Tackett posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game pinfall total of 5,038, including match play bonus pins, to qualify first for the stepladder finals. Page earned his place in the title match by defeating Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match and Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 225-188, in the semifinal round.

The South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open in Pensacola, Fla., on June 19-21. The Pensacola event will offer a projected $10,000 first prize and will award a PBA Tour title. It will be covered live from start to finish on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

● Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., will be in the spotlight over 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 PBA, PBA50 and women bowlers includes the PBA and PWBA Northwest Opens 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 tournament 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 of 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 presented by Roto Grip 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 Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm with $15,000 going to the winner. 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.

● Three events on the Fourth of July weekend schedule 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.

QUICK NOTES

● 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.

● 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 Badger Open video featuring Mike J. Laneside interviewing Ronnie Russell, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyUcsFDpANY

● Last call: applications for the 2015 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship must be postmarked by Monday, 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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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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MOHR, WARREN WIN PBA50 TITLES IN ARIZONA

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.

QUICK NOTES

● 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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