PBA Spare Shots: Entries Available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, Two PBA50 Tour California Events

by Bill Vint May 20, 2015 04:10

As a reminder to players 50 years of age and older, the PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1.

The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA “senior tour” events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions. Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke is defending champion. “Bonus” competition points earned in the Senior U.S. Open, as well as standard points earned in two additional “western swing” events to follow, will play a key role in determining the eight players who will qualify for the PBA50 Challenge and paid entries into the PBA World Series of Bowling VII later in the year.

Following the PBA Senior U.S. Open will be the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., June 7-10, and the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV in Brentwood, Calif., June 14-17. The events will be a mix of the traditional round-robin format and new final-day format with guaranteed PBA60 (super senior) cashers at each event.

Entries are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You can enter online at pba.com or through Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com or (206) 332-9688.

LIZ JOHNSON WINS SECOND USBC QUEENS TITLE

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., one of the most successful woman bowlers in PBA history, became the ninth woman to win multiple USBC Queens titles when she defeated top qualifier Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Neb., in the title match at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Tuesday night.

Johnson, who won her first USBC Queens title in 2009, is the only woman in PBA history to qualify for two PBA Tour national television finals, was the first woman to win a PBA Regional title and owns three PBA Women’s Series titles. She was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in April.

CHRIS BARNES AMONG SIX ELECTED TO PBA SOUTHWEST REGION HALL OF FAME

PBA star Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who has excelled in PBA Southwest Region competition as well as on the PBA Tour, is among six individuals elected to the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, PBA Southwest Manager Pete McCordic has announced.

The induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla., as part of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Invitational weekend. The tournament will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. Grand Casino is the home of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

In addition to Barnes, the 2015 hall of fame class includes Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and Sean Swanson of Springfield, Mo., along with Meritorious Service honoree Cary Mogard of Houston, and former College Bowl proprietors Ed and Virginia Autry of Texarkana, Texas.

Barnes is the winner of 26 PBA regional titles as well as 18 PBA Tour titles including the PBA Triple Crown. Bohr, a two-time Southwest Player of the Year, won his 20th regional title earlier this year. Swanson, who lives in the PBA Midwest Region, has competed extensively in the Southwest Region, accumulating 16 titles and earning Southwest Player of the Year twice.

Mogard was in charge of the region’s lane maintenance from 1997-2011. He also was instrumental in hosting five regional events and raising donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, earning the Southwest Pat Patterson award in 2000 and 2005-06. Autry and his wife hosted 35 PBA Regional events at College Bowl in Texarkana before selling their center.

Hall of fame dinner tickets will be available for $30 per person. For reservations, email or call FireLake Bowling Center (email: chris.skillings@potawotami.org; telephone: 405-275-0404).

CHECK OUT NEW “LIKE ME, FOLLOW ME” LINKS TO PBA TOUR PLAYERS

PBA fans will find it easier to “like” their favorite players on Facebook, “follow” them on Twitter and/or Instagram, visit their personal websites, or learn more about them by clicking on new links under the “bowlers” drop-down menu on pba.com, PBA’s official website.

To learn more about your favorite PBA Tour player, click on the “bowlers” tab, and then click on “PBA Tour Bowlers” to open the gallery of players. In addition to direct links to any given player’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or website pages, you’ll find his/her current bio, a year-by-year profile of the player’s career performances and more. If you can’t find a player on the 2015 season roster, open the “Select a Season” drop-down menu and enter a different season when the player you’re looking for may have met “PBA Tour” qualifying status.

You might also want to take a few minutes to cruise pba.com to get an idea of the depth of information available. Click on each of the drop-down tabs (News, Bowlers, Schedule, Scores, Resources) to discover the variety of information archived on the website – all of which ties into the comprehensive multi-media PBA Network.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRANDON NOVAK WINS NUNAN MEMORIAL TITLE

Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 329 pins on May 17 to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Nance Construction and Brunswick at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Novak finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,636 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Novak’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his third career PBA Regional title. He earned $5,000 along with his title.

On May 10, amateur Joe Hostetler of Louisville, Ky. defeated T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., by 99 pins to win the PBA Baldo Campana/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by Track at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and Richie Brown of Marion, Ohio defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., by 151 pins to win the PBA50 companion event.

Hostetler finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,612 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,500 first prize in the standard regional event. Because Hostetler is an amateur, he is not recognized as earning a PBA title.

Brown finished with a 5-4-1 match play record and 4,301 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his sixth PBA50 title and $1,500.

The Lorain tournaments were named in honor of the late Baldo Campana, a long-time PBA supporter, who died on April 24 at age 90.

● Amateur Darrin Casstevens of Rural Hall, N.C., defeated Dave Shinn of West Columbia, S.C. 232-177, to win the PBA Lightning Lanes South Challenge Sunday in Marion, N.C. Casstevens earned $1,500 while Shinn took home $900 for second place.

Casstevens, a former PBA member who is now a bowling center proprietor and father of two young daughters, qualified fifth and then won four consecutive single-elimination matches to win the event. PBA Challenge tournaments are open only to players who have never won a PBA event, but Casstevens will not be credited for a PBA title because he is a non-member.

On May 10, Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated Wayne Bolin of Lumberton, N.C., 257-177, to win the inaugural PBA50 Station 300 Coastal Classic at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C.

Baker posted a 6-4 match play record, including a 300 in game eight, to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He defeated Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., in the first stepladder match, 212-196, and advanced to the title match by defeating Todd Haney of Boiling Springs, S.C., 225-178, in the semifinal round before topping Bolin for the title. Baker earned $1,800 along with his 24th overall PBA Regional title.

Jerry Marrs of Huntley, Ill., finished with a 14-game total of 3,066 pins to top amateur Daniel Lemiesz of Machesney Park, Ill., by 55 pins for his first PBA title in the PBA Victory Lanes Midwest Challenge in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday.

Marrs, who earned $1,300 along with his title, is now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

● Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the East Region will host the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee event) May 23 in York, Pa., while the Northwest Region hosts the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet May 22-24 in Puyallup, Wash.

Closing the May schedule will be a West Region PBA50 doubleheader leading into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – the 6th annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., May 25-27, followed by the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 27-29.

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

● England’s Paul Moor, a four-time European Bowling Tour rankings champion who won his first-and-only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, has been elected to the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame. He will be inducted along with Brian Michael, Gina Wardle, Lisa John and proprietor David Grainger later in the year. Details will be announced soon.

● The PBA has learned former PBA West and Northwest Region lane maintenance supervisor Steve Stevens of The Dalles, Ore., has died. Affectionately known as “The Lane Dude,” Stevens was most recently involved as a self-employed bowling coach. No further details were immediately available.

● If you know of a deserving young college student who participates in bowling and is in need of financial assistance, encourage him/her to apply for the PBA Billy Welu Scholarship. Applications for the $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognize exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. Applications must be postmarked by June 15. 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/.

● Visit the “shop” link on pba.com for the latest in PBA logoed merchandise, including special new PBA Summer Swing t-shirts…and a “future PBA star” t-shirts for the little one(s) in your family.

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PBA, PWBA Form New Strategic Partnership

by Bill Vint March 24, 2015 03:30

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) have formed a new strategic partnership to provide new events, exposure and services for women’s bowling.

Highlights of the new partnership include:
•    Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour
•    Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for the PWBA Tour
•    Exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Tour through the Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video streaming service
•    Eligibility for PWBA members to bowl in all PBA events
•    Expanded points program for women bowling in PBA regionals culminating in the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII

“Advancing opportunities for women professional bowlers has been a goal of the PBA for years and this partnership reinforces that commitment,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We also are thrilled to add PWBA to the Xtra Frame schedule to provide more programing for our subscribers and valuable content from a business perspective.”

The seven new PWBA regional events are women-only competitions conducted by PBA’s respective regional managers and will have a $10,000 prize fund based on a minimum of 40 entries. Host centers and cities for the new events include:
•    June 5-7 – Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif. (West Region)
•    June 12-14 – Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash. (Northwest Region)
•    June 26-27 – Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Central Region)
•    July 4-6 – Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. (South Region)
•    Sept. 25-27 – Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas (Southwest Region)
•    Sept. 27 – Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville, Ill. (Midwest Region)
•    tba – (East Region)

The new PWBA regional events will complement the PWBA Tour schedule. The 10 events on the PWBA Tour will have $60,000 in guaranteed prize money per event with a $10,000 first-place prize. The PWBA Tour schedule:
•    May 13-19 – USBC Queens, Green Bay, Wis. (major)
•    July 9-12 – PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Sacramento, Calif.
•    July 16-19 – PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas
•    July 23-26 – PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.
•    Aug. 6-9 – PWBA Topeka Open, Topeka, Kan.
•    Aug. 13-16 – PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb.
•    Aug. 20-23 – PWBA Minnesota Open, Welch, Minn.
•    Aug. 27-30 – PWBA Detroit Open, Canton, Mich.
•    Aug 31- Sept. 6 – Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open (major), North Brunswick, N.J.
•    Sept. 10-13 – PWBA Tour Championship, location TBD (major)

“This agreement further demonstrates the bowling industry’s commitment to the success of competitive women’s bowling,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Thanks to the PBA’s partnership, we are able to offer women bowlers the same top-level player services as men, plus additional events in more regions of the country.”

The PBA Women’s Regional points program, started by the PBA in 2014, will expand to include more than 70 additional PBA standard regional tournaments. These events will award points in tournaments across the United States and Japan under the PWBA name during the 2015 season.

Regional events afford women a professional environment close to home as part of weekend PBA Regional competition. The top points earners in each of eight regions with earn paid entries into this fall’s PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas and will have the opportunity to advance to the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge.

“I want to thank Tom Clark and the PBA for their leadership in helping put the pieces of this partnership in place,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “This agreement benefits the entire industry, including the ball brands, centers, fans and players. It is another example of working together to do what is in the best interest of bowling as we continue to build a future for the sport.”

Additional details about the PWBA regional point system events will be released soon.

2015 PWBA REGIONAL POINTS EVENTS SCHEDULE
(For complete tournament schedules and entry fee information, visit pba.com and click on the Schedules tab/Regional Tours)

EAST REGION
April 10-12 - Rockaway, N.J.
April 17-19 - Ellicott City (Baltimore), Md.
June 5-7 - Yonkers, N.Y.
June 19-21 - Howell, N.J.
May 15-17 - Syracuse, N.Y.
July 23-25 - Lebanon, Pa.
Aug. 6-8 - York, Pa.
Aug. 21-23 - Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)
Aug. 28-30 - Deptford, N.J.

CENTRAL REGION
March 20-22 - Hubbard, Ohio
April 11-12 - Kokomo, Ind.
April 18-19 - Elkhart, Ind.
May 8-10 - Lorain, Ohio
May 15-17 - Grove City, Ohio
June 19-21 - Wooster, Ohio
July 17-19 - Fishers, Ind.
July 24-26 - Angola, Ind.
Aug. 14-16 - Coldwater, Ohio
Sept. 11-13 - Wapakoneta, Ohio
Sept. 18-20 - Troy, Ohio
Oct. 3-4 - Kokomo, Ind.
Oct. 10-11 - Muskegon, Mich.
Dec. 11-13 - Allen Park, Mich. (Xtra Frame)

SOUTH REGION
April 10-12 - Bluffton, S.C.
May 15-17 - Marion, N.C.
June 5-7 - Easley, S.C.
June 19-21 - Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)
July 3-5 - Gastonia, N.C.
Aug. 14-16 - Spring Hill, Fla.
Aug. 28-30 - Fayetteville, N.C.
Oct. 16-18 - Franklin, Va.
Nov. 13-15 - Gloucester, Va.
Dec. 4-6 - Merritt Island, Fla.

MIDWEST REGION
June 5-6 - Richton Park, Ill.
June 13-14 - Elk Grove Village, Ill.
June 20 - Tinley Park, Ill.
June 21 - Tinley Park, Ill.
July 11 – St. Charles, Mo.
July 12 – St. Charles, Mo.
Aug. 8 - Lockport, Ill.
Sept. 5-6 - Peru, Ill.
Sept. 19-20 - Dubuque, Iowa
Sept. 25-26 - Carpentersville, Ill.
Oct. 9-11 - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)

SOUTHWEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Lakewood, Colo.
March 20-22 - Odessa, Texas
April 10-12 - Shawnee, Okla.
May 1-3 - Junction City, Kan. (joint with Midwest)
June 12-14 - Jonesboro, Ark. (joint with Midwest)
June 26-28 - Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)
July 17-19 - Fort Sill, Okla.
July 31-Aug. 2 - Houston, Texas (mixed doubles, Xtra Frame)
Aug. 7-9 - Killeen, Texas
Aug. 21-23 - Greenville, Texas
Sept. 11-13 - McAlester, Okla.
Sept. 25-27 - Tomball, Texas
Oct. 9-11 - Austin, Texas
Nov. 13-15 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nov. 20-22 - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 27-29 - Beaumont, Texas

WEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Sutter Creek, Calif.
April 10-12 - Dublin, Calif. (joint with Northwest)
April 26-28 - Kona, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
April 29 - Schofield Army Barracks, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
May 1-3 - Hickam AFB, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
March 6-8 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
June 5-7 - Montclair, Calif.
June 19-21 - Modesto, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 - Gilbert, Ariz.
Sept. 25-27 - Tuolumne, Calif.
Oct. 16-18 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
Dec. 11-13 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)

NORTHWEST REGION
May 22-24 - Puyallup, Wash.
Aug. 14-16 - Milwaukie, Ore.
March 20-22 - Grants Pass, Ore.
June 12-14 - Federal Way, Wash. (joint with West)
July 31-Aug. 2 - Boise, Idaho (joint with West)
 
JAPAN REGION
Dates and locations to be announced

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Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper Wins H.H. Emir Cup

by Bill Vint February 27, 2015 03:44

DOHA, Qatar  – Former Wichita State University star Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia defeated home country favorite Khaled Al-Dossari, 516-430 in the two-game total pinfall final match, to win the H.H. Emir Cup Friday at Qatar Bowling Centre.

Roumimper rolled games of 287 and 229, including 8 handicap pins per game awarded to women entered in the tournament, to handily top Al-Dossari’s 184 and 246 games. But the former collegiate All-American needed her handicap pins in eliminating UAE’s Naif Oqab in the Step 3 semifinal round, 437-428. Top qualifier Danielle McEwan, a Team USA member from Stony Point, N.Y., was eliminated in the other Step 3 match, losing to Al-Dossari, 441-405.

The H.H. Emir Cup is a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. Roumimper will not be credited with a PBA title because she received eight handicap pins per game and she is not a PBA member.

PBA International-WBT competition continues with the Kingdom of Bahrain Open at Ozone Entertainment Centre in Manama, Bahrain, March 2-7, and the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22. PBA fans can follow the action in Bahrain by visiting abf-online.org and in Munich by visiting brunswickeurochallenge.com.

H.H. EMIR CUP
Qatar Bowling Centre, Doha, Qatar, Friday, Feb. 27

Championship (two games, total pinfall; women entrants receive 8 handicap pins per game)
f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia ($25,000) def. Khaled Al-Dossari, Qatar ($12,000), 516-430.

Step 3 Final Standings (two games, total pinfall; winners advance to Step 4 championship, losers earned $6,000)
f-Roumimper def. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 437-427.
Al-Dossari def. f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 441-405.

Step 2 Final Standings (after 6 games, top 4 advance to Step 3 semifinal round)
1, f-McEwan, 1,368.
2, f-Roumimper, 1,362.
3, Oqab, 1,333.
4, Al-Dossari, 1,306.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,302, $2,700.
6, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,276, $2,700.
7, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,273, $2,700.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,258, $2,700.
9, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1,257, $2,300.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,254, $2,300.
11, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,249, $2,300.
12, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,244, $2,300.
13, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,240, $2,100.
14, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,236, $2,100.
15, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,219, $2,100.
16, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,149, $2,100.

f-denotes female competitors who receive 8 handicap pins per game in addition to actual pinfall totals

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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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PBA Spare Shots: Mother’s Passing Inspires DJ Archer’s Near-Perfect 878 Series

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 07:23

PBA Tour player D.J. Archer of Mineral Wells, Texas, turned an occasion of sorrow into a moment of inspiration on the day of his mother’s death, bowling the highest three-game series of his life.

After learning that his mother Sharon, 59, passed away Monday morning in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy battle with cardiac issues, Archer found the strength to go ahead and bowl in his regularly-scheduled league that evening because, he said, that’s what his mother would have wanted him to do.

What he didn’t expect was that he would bowl a personal-best 878 series and nearly add his name to the bowling history books when he finished just two shots away from a 900 in the Armadilla Dollars League at Armadilla Lanes II in Houston. 

“I felt like she was looking over me,” said Archer, whose mother had been in a cardiac rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge for several months. 

“I was dealing with a lot of emotions, but I know my mom would have wanted me to go ahead and bowl,” the 12-year PBA Tour veteran continued. “She and my dad (Dan, who died when DJ was 22) were very supportive of me and really got me started in the sport when I was five years old. But my mom was the one who really pushed me in bowling.”

Archer, a former collegiate star at West Texas A&M, started his series with a 300 game. He followed by a 279 which included a double before leaving a 10 pin and then striking the rest of the way. He concluded the set with a 299, leaving another 10 pin on his final shot.

“It was an incredible feeling because it felt like I could strike on every shot,” Archer said. “Being around friends and getting a lot of support from everyone in the league also was a great help and kept me in a positive state of mind. It was kind of like bowling on TV.”

Archer will return to competition in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October where he will try to improve on his PBA Tour career-high second-place finish in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic.

A memorial service will be held for Sharon Archer on Friday, Sept. 19 at Christian Life Fellowship, 2037 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (telephone: 225-769-6760) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Gideon’s International for placement of bibles around the world. Messages of sympathy may also be sent to DJ via email at donkbowler@yahoo.com

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: MALDONADO WINS AGAIN IN McALESTER

Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, dominated the field again to win the PBA McAlester Southwest Open Sunday at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester, Okla., topping Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., by 185 pins for his third title of the 2014 season.

Maldonado, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s final five games of qualifying in seventh place. He started that block with a 300 game and 786 series for his first three games to overtake Bohr. Maldonado then started the eight-game match play finals with a 215 and a win in his match, earning 30 bonus pins, and he then fired a 280 game to build a lead that no one could challenge. The Houston two-handed player finished with a 21-game total of 5,088 pins.

Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 245-171, to win the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes inside Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday. The title was Taylor’s second of the year, following his first career win in a PBA Midwest Challenge tournament in Kankakee, Ill., in May. He also earned $2,000.

In the second of three PBA Women’s Regional points competitions, Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., finished 12th, two places ahead of Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., to pull within 300 points of Greene in the race for a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas starting Oct. 24. Stram also earned $250 as the top woman finisher in the field. The final PBAW Midwest Region qualifying event will be held Oct. 3-5 in Belton, Mo.

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., outscored Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio by 51 pins over 17 games to win the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open in Fulton, N.Y., Sunday. Zaffino, who competes in both the PBA East and Central Regions, picked up his 24th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,500 prize.

Ryogo Tsurumi of Kanagawa slipped past Makoto Kawakami of Tochigi, 172-169, to win the PBA Japan Viper Open Monday at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, Japan, ending a streak of four consecutive victories in the new PBA Japan Region by Yuka Tsuchiya.

Tsurumi earned roughly $3,950 in U.S. dollars. The tournament, which was conducted on the PBA Viper lane conditioning pattern, drew a field of 127 men and women. Tsuchiya, who had swept the PBA Japan Cheetah and Chameleon women’s and open regional titles earlier in the summer, finished in 30th place in the Viper Open.

● On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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

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● PBA fans who like to follow international competition under the auspices of World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) are encouraged to visit World Bowling’s new official website, http://www.worldbowling.org/. In addition to explaining World Bowling’s role as the international governing body for bowling in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, the website includes information and links for all of the upcoming PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.

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