The Tony Reyes tribute patch program, and a silent auction conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV in Las Vegas has generated more than $10,000 thus far to benefit the family of the fallen PBA Tour champion who died on Sept. 28 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his northern California home.
Sales of “TR” emblems, in black and silver in honor of Reyes’ favorite team – the Oakland Raiders, has generated nearly $4,000 to date. The patches are available for $5 each from the PBA office (visit pba.com) and on-site at all PBA tournaments. (To order one or more patches, which supplies last, send a check or money order payable to PBA to: PBA, attn: TR patches, 719 Second Ave., Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98104. Be sure to include your name and return address.)
The silent auction, which included a number of autographed jerseys donated by PBA Tour players, bowling balls, a wine collection, an autographed copy of the “50 Greatest PBA Players” and more raised an additional $6,565 for the Reyes family.
While Reyes was on the minds of many PBA players and PBA staff members during the World Series, the most touching moment came at the end of competition when a number of his long-time friends walked down the lanes to autograph a special masking unit designed in Reyes’ honor. The masking unit will be donated to Reyes’ home center, 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.
AMATEUR GOHAGAN WINS RECORD-SETTING PBA ALL REGION TITLE IN LAS VEGAS
Amateur George Gohagan III of Roswell, Ga., defeated former PBA Women’s Series champion Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, in a one-ball sudden death roll-off, 10-9, that concluded a record-setting PBA All Region South Point Open at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Gohagan-Pluhowsky roll-off followed a 224-224 tie. After each player threw three matching strikes, Gohagan broke the tie for the win. But there was a great deal of additional drama leading up to the title match.
Gohagan, who earned $3,500, defeated England’s Dom Barrett, 300-298, in a nail-biting semifinal round match when Barrett left a pocket 7-10, ending a personal string of 32 consecutive strikes that began in the Round of 8. Pluhowsky ousted Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 247-236, in the other semifinal match.
In the Round of 8, Barrett won his best-of-three-game match against Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 2-0, by winning an 11-ball roll-off after they tied at 280-280 in game two. Both players threw 10 strikes in a row before Troup left a pin standing on his 11th attempt while Barrett threw his 11th strike.
In the Round of 16, Gohagan and amateur Ron Nelson Jr. of Bridgeview, Ill., battled to a 300-300 tie in the second game of their best-of-five match, and each then threw three more strikes in the roll-off before Gohagan’s fourth strike eliminated Nelson’s seven-count. Gohagan went on to win the contest, 3-2, with a 268-253 win in game five.
In a companion event held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV, amateur Adam Ishman of Las Vegas and Barrett defeated amateur Raul Rosales of El Monte, Calif. and Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., 502-459, to win the $4,000 top prize in the PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The All Regions South Point Open drew an international field of 157 competitors while the Member/Non-Member Doubles drew a field of 66 teams. Both events were conducted in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: STONEY BAKER WINS IN SENIOR DEBUT
● Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 248-220, in the championship round to win the PBA South Region Gastonia (N.C.) Senior Open at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes Sunday. Baker, a three-time South Region Player of the Year, was bowling in his first senior regional since turning 50 three weeks earlier. The victory, worth $1,500, was his 23rd overall regional title.
A heavy pre-Thanksgiving schedule of regional events over the Nov. 16-18 weekend includes the PBA East Region’s Byran’s Bowling Center Senior Open presented by The Insurance Market in Laurel, Del.; the PBA Central Region’s La-Z-Boy Sport Center Open presented by Columbia 300 – a non-champions event – in Monroe, Mich.; the PBA Northwest Region Doubles at Stardust Lanes in Walla Walla, Wash.; the joint PBA West/Southwest Region Farmington (N.M.) Open presented by DV8 at Bowlero Lanes, and the PBA South Region Tarheel Lanes Senior Open in Hendersonville, N.C.
Concluding the November regional calendar will be the PBA Southwest Region Beaumont (Texas) Open presented by Storm at Crossroad Bowling Center, Nov. 23-25, and the PBA South Region Tarheel Lanes Senior Open in Hendersonville, N.C., Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
ONLINE BOWLING CHANNEL “XTRA FRAME” CONTINUES RECORD GROWTH
Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, has experienced 200 percent growth in its paid subscriber base compared to a year earlier during a 10-day span of coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. More than 80 hours of live coverage included an exclusive webcast of the inaugural PBA League Draft, when eight “Franchise Players” drafted their teammates for the PBAL which debuts in January in Detroit.
All WSOB IV content is archived and available for viewing on-demand on Xtra Frame. One-month ($7.99) and full-year subscriptions ($64.99) are available by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on pba.com’s home page.
PBA.COM WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FOR BRIEF PERIOD FRIDAY EVENING
PBA.com, the official website of the Professional Bowlers Association, will be taken offline Friday (today) for up to three hours, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, while routine maintenance and upgrades are performed. The website is expected to return to full function by no later than midnight.
● The final tabulation of cashers in GEICO PBA WSOB IV: 90 different players in the field of 240 (37.5 percent), representing 11 different countries, earned at least one check during the five World Series events.
● Entries are now available, on a first-come basis, for 67 PBA Tour berths in the upcoming Detroit Winter Swing. The Detroit series, which will include the introduction of the PBA League, will include a capacity field of 125 players for the Carmen Salvino, Mark Roth and Don Carter Classic individual events, as well as the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship. Entry fee for those four events is $600. The field will include 48 players drafted into the inaugural PBA League, eight players from a Pro Tournament Qualifier which will be held prior to the event (open to non-members), two entries which will be awarded by the host center, Thunderbowl Lanes, and 67 PBA Tour spots. For more information, visit pba.com.