PBA West Region competitor J.T. (Action) Jackson has announced he’s healing faster than expected after a serious late-night motorcycle accident on Sept. 28, and will not only bowl in the PBA World Series of Bowling V, but will also compete in this weekend’s PBA West/Northwest Regional Players Invitational in Reno, Nev.
The Los Angeles left-hander, a busy actor in real life, sustained multiple bruises and severe “road rash” when he crashed his motorcycle after hitting a raised reflective marker at roughly 80 miles per hour. The protective gear he was wearing, he said, saved his life.
“I’m feeling way better now,” Jackson said Tuesday. “I’m able to hold a bowling ball in my hand with no pain and I’m having a speedy recovery.
“I love bowling and I will bowl through the pain for this event,” he added.
The accident also has slowed down his busy acting schedule. Jackson currently appears in a series of highly-visible national commercials for McDonald’s (“Mighty Wings” campaign with NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, and NBA legend Larry Bird), CDW computer systems (with NBA legend Charles Barkley), Kingsford Charcoal, FedEx and others.
“The commercials come in waves,” he said. “It takes a day or two to film one, and most of the time we film during the work week, so my weekends are mostly free.
“Right now I’m auditioning. I don’t have anything (new) at the moment. Because of my accident, I had to take a break until I heal. But I do have something coming up with the CDW campaign I’m doing with Charles Barkley. My injury pushed the shoot dates back, so I’m just waiting for them to tell me a new date.”
The PBA West/Northwest RPI gets underway with a Sands Regency Non-Champions tournament Friday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno followed by the RPI Saturday and Sunday. The RPI will be webcast in its entirety on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
The RPI is open to a field of 48 players who earned berths based upon their competition points rankings within the regions for the 2012-13 season. The RPI winner will earn $6,000, a paid entry into PBA World Series of Bowling V which takes place Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, and a berth in a new PBA RPI Finals which will be conducted on Nov. 3 for airing on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. Pacific.
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).
WBT THAILAND TOURNAMENT TO DETERMINE FIELD FOR WBT MEN’S FINALS
The World Tenpin Bowling Association/PBA International Tour’s WBT Thailand, the final qualifying event for the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA, concludes Monday at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok, and will be the final event to determine the three finalists for the WBT Men’s Finals, presented by PBA, that will be conducted as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling V ESPN television weekend Nov. 2-3 in Las Vegas. A PBA International Tour title also will be awarded if the winner is a PBA member.
Heading into the Thailand event, WBT men’s points leader Sean Rash is locked into the top three with a total of 563 points in the WTBA’s rolling two-year points list. But with 50 points going to the top player in Thailand, 40 for second, etc., the race for the final two spots is up for grabs. Mika Koivuniemi, who won the inaugural WBT Men’s final in 2011, is in second place with 534 points followed by Mike Fagan (506); Tommy Jones (494); 2012 WBT Men’s champ Chris Barnes (491), and Australia’s Jason Belmonte (477).
STORM ADDS BONUS WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING ONLINE COVERAGE
Storm Products, a PBA Registered Product Company, will add to expanded online coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling V from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 26 through Nov. 1.
Storm will do player interviews after PBA’s live Xtra Frame coverage concludes each day during the World Series, beginning with post-event coverage of the Cheetah Championship qualifying and match play rounds on Saturday, Oct. 26. To follow Storm’s bonus coverage of the World Series, visit stormbowling.com and look for the online link.
WISEMAN JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT AWARDS $13,000 PLUS
A full field of 140 youth bowlers competed in the second annual Danny Wiseman Junior scholarship tournament at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore on Oct. 12. More than $13,000 in scholarships were awarded, including $1,000 to scratch division winner Brian Gaines of Philadelphia and $1,100 to handicap division winner James Norris III of Waldorf, Md. All second-round match play finalists in both divisions also received monies for their SMART accounts.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: WARREN TIES FOR SECOND ON REGIONAL TITLES LIST
● Kevin Croucher and Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore. posted a 4-2 match play record and a 14-game total of 6,060 pins Sunday to win the PBA Ken & Kathy Auto Center West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif., a victory that moved Warren into a tie for second place on the list of all-time PBA Regional title winners.
Croucher and Warren, who shared a $4,000 prize, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and John Gould of Lakeport, Calif., who had a 4-2 match play record and 6,042 pins for 14 games including match play bonus pins. The title was Warren’s 42nd in standard PBA Regional competition, moving him into a tie with long-time PBA Midwest Region star Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill. Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., is the leader in standard PBA Regional titles with 48.
● Larry Verble of Mason, Mich., defeated Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., by 16 pins to win the PBA Herbalife Central Open presented by Kevin Bostrom and Motiv at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich., Sunday. Verble, who finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,778 pins for 20 games, claimed his fourth overall PBA Regional title and a $2,300 top prize.
● Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., defeated fellow PBA Hall of Famer Dale Eagle of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 245-202, to win his second PBA South Region title of the year in the PBA50 Milton Southern Open at Avalon Bowling Center in Milton, Fla., Sunday.
● PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., defeated Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., 237-173, to win the PBA50 Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Sunday. The title was Weber’s third PBA50 regional title in his “rookie” year among the 50-and-older group. He improved his own overall PBA regional record to 51 titles. He also earned $1,500.
● Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix traveled to Austin, Texas, where he defeated Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 224-206, in the title match of the 10th annual PBA Young & Pratt Austin Southwest Open at Dart Bowl Sunday. Haugen, a former PBA West Region Player of the Year, earned his 17th PBA Regional title in a tune-up competition before heading to Las Vegas for PBA World Series of Bowling V, which gets underway on Oct. 25 at South Point Bowling Center.
● In addition to the West/Northwest RPI and the non-champions event on Friday 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.
EUROPEAN PBA STARS TOP AMERICANS TO REGAIN WEBER CUP
A team of European PBA Tour veterans reclaimed the invitational 888.com Weber Cup – a Ryder Cup-style team, doubles and singles competition – over a team of American PBA stars in the 14th annual event Sunday at Barnsley Metrodome in England.
Team Europe clinched the made-for-European television competition when England’s Stuart Williams defeated Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 237-227, in a singles match for the 17th point that gave his team a 17-14 victory and its sixth win in the 14-year history of the event. The win also avenged last year’s 17-7 romp by the U.S. players.
Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, joined Barnes on the U.S. team. Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi, England’s Dom Barrett and Sweden’s Martin Larsen joined Williams on the European team.
DOM BARRETT ELECTED TO UNITED KINGDOM TENPIN HALL OF FAME
England’s Dom Barrett, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2011 Scorpion Open in Las Vegas, is one of five distinguished bowlers and industry leaders who compose the inaugural members of the United Kingdom Tenpin Hall of Fame. Barrett, Bernard Caterer of London, British women stars Pauline Buck and Kirsten Penny, and long-time British Open tournament organizer Gordon (Jock) Caie of Wales were the first honorees.
The UK Tenpin Hall of Fame will recognize two female and two male outstanding players and another industry award in 2014. Thereafter, the annual awards will be given to one man and one woman player and also one industry employee.
● Nine-year-old Natalie Savant of San Antonio, Texas, who is on a mission to bowl in all 50 United States, will make an appearance at the PBA World Series of Bowling V television finals Nov. 2-3, the PBA has learned. Savant recently made an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael” in New York City, bowling on a portable lane with co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.