PBA Spare Shots: Memorial Services Set for PBA Hall of Famer Rainy Stitzlein

by Bill Vint December 6, 2012 07:53

Services have been scheduled for PBA Hall of Famer Rainy Stitzlein, who died last Friday in Akron, Ohio, at age 84. Calling hours are scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Billow Funeral Home in Fairlawn, Ohio, with funeral services at Montrose Zion United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Akron.


Charlie Tomey of Spartanburg, S.C., defeated Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 265-246, 214-237, 210-194, in their best-of-three-game title match to win $1,600 and his third PBA South Region title in the Tarheel Senior Open at Tarheel Lanes in Hendersonville, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Tarheel Senior Open was the only event on the regional calendar last weekend.

● A “tripleheader” is on the calendar for Dec. 7-9. The PBA West/Northwest Tri-Regional Sands Regency Non-Champions, Senior Open and Open events presented by Hammer will be conducted at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. The final pre-Christmas tournaments over the Dec. 14-16 weekend include the PBA East Region Knob Hill Senior Open at Manalapan (N.J.) Country Lanes and the PBA South Region Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.

For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.


After becoming the first Malaysian bowler to win the Qubica AMF World Cup, Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek professed his dream is to continue to improve and one day bowl on the PBA Tour.

The 26-year-old Malek defeated Team USA member Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 236-225, 237-221, in their best-of-three-game title match in Wroclaw, Poland. He told New Straits Time reporter Ajitpal Singh, “I actually want to turn pro, but I am not sure when I can achieve it. It takes a lot of dedication but I believe, if I do turn pro, I can make it as I've beaten many top bowlers before."

To reach the men’s title match, Malek eliminated PBA Tour titlist Andres Gomez of Colombia, 2-0, in their best-of-three semifinal match.

Singapore’s Shayna Ng won the women’s title, defeating two-time defending champion and former PBA Women’s Series competitor Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic, 224-269, 267-259, 247-169 in their title contest.


● Tickets are now available for bowling fans who want to attend the United States Bowling Congress Masters which will be held Feb. 18-22 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. To order tickets, visit pba.com/tickets or call Carolier at 732-846-2424.

● Reminder: The PBA is moving its headquarters office in Seattle. Effective Dec. 17, the PBA’s new mailing address will be 615 Second Avenue, Suite 680, Seattle, WA 98104. All other PBA contact information (telephone number, email addresses, etc.) will be unchanged.

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