PBA Spare Shots: Barnes, Jones, Kulick Represent U.S. in WTBA World Singles Championships

by Bill Vint September 20, 2012 03:28

Team USA members Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Kelly Kulick, along with former PBA Women’s Series competitor Shannon O’Keefe, are representing the United States in the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships which get underway today at Galactica Bowling Center in Limossol, Cyprus. The event concludes on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

International PBA Tour competitors who are bowling for their home countries in the event include: Canada’s Dan MacLelland, Colombia’s Andres Gomez, England’s Stuart Williams and Finland’s Osku Palermaa.

The WTBA singles event will include two six-game qualifying blocks for all players with the top 24 men and top 24 women advancing to the best-of-five-game single-elimination match-play Sept. 24-25. The top eight qualifiers receive one bye. The final two survivors in each division will battle for the gold and silver medals on Sept. 26 (semifinal round losers will each receive bronze medals).


Nathan Bohr of Derby, Kan., continues to tear up the PBA Southwest Region. On Sunday, Bohr defeated Wichita State University bowler Francois Lavoie of Wichita, Kan., 238-215, to win his third consecutive PBA Southwest title in the 10th annual Fort Smith Open presented by Storm at Bowling World on Fort Smith, Ark.

In addition to his 15th career PBA Regional title and his fourth win since June, Bohr earned $3,000. Lavoie, a member of Team Canada’s national junior and adult teams, earned $1,750 as runner-up.

● Rounding out a limited weekend of regional competition, Kip Roberts of Glen Allen, Va., defeated Lee Vanderhoef of Greenville, S.C., 279-204, to win the PBA South Region’s Red Zone Lounge Open at Thunder Alley in Covington, Va., on Sunday. The title was Roberts’ first of the year and the 14th PBA Regional title of his career. He earned $2,000 along with his title.

The Sept. 21-23 schedule features the Southwest Region’s Odessa (Texas) Challenge for non-champions at Astro Bowl; the Central and Midwest Regions’ joint Mel Westrich Senior Open at Delphos (Ohio) Recreation Center; the South Region Victory Lanes Senior Open in Mooresville, N.C., and the Northwest/West Regions’ Ten Down Lanes Open presented by Track in Roseburg, Ore.

Closing out the month, the Sept. 29-30 schedule features the West/Northwest Regions’ Sands Regency Casino Open and non-champions events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno; the Central, East and South Regions will combine for the Roger Boone Memorial Senior Classic presented by Fritz’s Pharmacy at Greenbreier Bowling Center in Lewisburg, W.Va.; and the Midwest Region will host standard and senior St. Clair Bowl events sponsored by Allstate Insurance in Fairview Heights, Ill.

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


PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno to provide live coverage of the PBA West/Northwest Region Sands Regency Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-30. Coverage begins Friday at 10 a.m. with the non-champions event and continues with qualifying at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by the round-robin match play finals starting at 9 a.m. Sunday (all times are Pacific).

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for details.

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