Nominations are due on Nov. 15 for the inaugural PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award, honoring the memory of the late PBA Tour player’s service to the bowling community.
The new award will be presented to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the past calendar year. Nominations may be made by anyone. For a copy of the nominations form, click here:
“By creating the Tony Reyes Community Service Award, it’s our intention to perpetuate Tony’s memory by recognizing the unselfish contributions of other PBA players,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said upon announcing the award. “I have no doubt that this will become one of the most coveted awards a PBA member can win.”
The postmark deadline for nominations will be Nov. 15. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
BOWLU’S BENOIT PLANS COACHING CERTIFICATION CAMP DURING WORLD SERIES
Bowlers and enthusiasts attending the PBA World Series of Bowling V are invited to participate in a BowlU Coaching Certification Camp that will be conducted by BowlU founder Rick Benoit between Oct. 25-29 at South Point Bowling Center. This camp is designed to provide BowlU coaching certification which will enable coaches to bring the skills and techniques they learned back to their communities where they can run local BowlU Skill Development camps.
The Las Vegas camp will include five days of instruction from Benoit, participation in coaching during PBA’s World Series of Bowling and behind-the-scenes access to the PBA trucks, locker room and product registered company ball reps. Interested parties should contact Benoit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 785-215-2571.
PBA WEST REGION COMPETITOR J.T. (ACTION) JACKSON RECOVERING AFTER ACCIDENT
PBA West Region competitor J.T. (Action) Jackson, who is one of the hottest actors in Los Angeles commercial advertising circles in real life, is hopeful he’ll be able to bowl in the PBA World Series of Bowling V despite sustaining multiple injuries in a serious motorcycle accident in California on Sept. 28.
“I'm feeling a lot better than last week,” Jackson said. “I'm able to walk around now here and there. The road rash was pretty bad. My hands are bad as well, but I will be at WSOB in Vegas regardless if I bowl or not. I should be at 80%, but the pain has eased up and the wounds are healing more quickly than I thought.”
Jackson said he lost control of his motorcycle at roughly 80 mph when he hit a reflector marker while changing lanes. He ended up rolling across the median and into an oncoming traffic lane, but was fortunate because the car pool lane where he landed was closed for the day.
“How I’m still alive, God only knows,” Jackson said. “Not only do I have my life, but I didn’t have a single broken bone. My upper body didn’t have a scratch because of the protective gear I was wearing. It could have been a completely different outcome. I’m beyond grateful…”
Jackson is currently appearing in a number of television commercials for McDonald’s (“Mighty Wings” with NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, and NBA legend Larry Bird), CDW (with retired NBA star Charles Barkley), Kingsford Charcoal (“Tailgating Rules” and others) and Fed Ex, among other television and movie appearances. To see “Jackson in action,” visit YouTube and search for “Jt Jackson.”
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: PBA WEST/NORTHWEST RPI SET FOR OCT. 18-20 IN RENO
● The combined PBA West/Northwest Regional Players Invitational, the sixth and final regional championship tournament, will be held Oct. 18-20 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The RPI, sponsored by the Sands Regency and presented by Roto Grip, will be webcast live, from start to finish, Saturday and Sunday on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.
To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for more information. At stake is a $6,000 first prize, a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V and a berth in the inaugural PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN.
The West/Northwest RPI winner will join five other champions who have already earned berths in the World Series and RPI Finals: Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (South Region); Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y. (East Region); Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio (Central Region); Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis. (Midwest Region), and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (Southwest Region).
● Scott Lindsey of Omaha, Neb., and non-member Raif Terry of Larned, Kan., won PBA50 Regional events in a doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.
Lindsey won his first PBA50 regional title on Saturday, defeating Greg Shields of Independence, Mo, 246-233, in the final match. Lindsey vaulted to the championship round by firing a 299 game and an 806 series in winning his best-of-three-game semifinal round match against David Anthony of Austin, Texas, 2-1.
On Sunday, Terry defeated Patrick King from Yankton, S.D., 234-198 to win the second PBA50 event of the weekend. Terry earned $1,000 but didn’t receive credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member.
Anthony, a three-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year who was bowling in his first two events as a PBA50 player, was also the victim in Sunday’s semifinal, losing to Terry, 2-0, in their best-of-three-game match.
● PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., denied Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., his first PBA50 Regional title Sunday, rallying from a one-game deficit to defeat Scarborough, 212-238, 255-177, 225-166, in the best-of-three-game title match of the PBA50 Tarheel South Open at Tarheel Lanes in Hendersonville, N.C. Baker earned $1,500 in addition to his 31st overall PBA Regional title.
● The Oct. 11-13 weekend includes the Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; the Ken and Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.; the Herbalife Central Open presented by Kevin Bostrom and Motiv at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich.; the PBA50 Milton South Open at Avalon Bowling Center in Milton, Fla., and the PBA50 Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Elk Grove Village Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
In addition to the West/Northwest RPI and a non-champions event on Oct. 18 at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, the Oct. 18-20 weekend includes the Franklin South Open at Franklin (Va.) Bowling Center; the Conroe Brunswick Southwest Open at 300 Bowl in Conroe, Texas, and the Lancer Lanes Midwest Open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
PBA World Series of Bowling V gets underway on Oct. 25 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● International participation in the upcoming PBA World Series of Bowling V has dropped to 21 countries – still a record – due to the withdrawal of Saudi Arabian princes Hakim Al Saud and Mohammed Al Saud. Bahrain’s Yousif Falah also has withdrawn. Their places in the sold-out field have been filled from the waiting list by Greg Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif.; Ariachizu Kamalu, Chicago, and 2012 PBA South Region Rookie of the Year Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C.
● Danny Wiseman’s second annual Junior Scholarship Tournament will be held Sunday, starting at 9 a.m., at AMF Country Club in Baltimore. An estimated $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Part of the event will be a large silent auction featuring items from the PBA, NASCAR and NHRA, the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, and other area businesses. For additional information, visit dannywisemanbowling.com or visit Danny Wiseman on Facebook.
● Paul Busch Sr. of Dover, Del., who won the 1991 Hammer PBA Senior Open in Colma, Calif., died on Oct. 4 of complications after undergoing a double lung transplant. The long-time pro shop operator was 77.