PBA Spare Shots: PBA World Series V to Feature Advanced Statistical Analysis on PBA.com, Xtra Frame

by Bill Vint October 23, 2013 06:55

The PBA will be working with two new “official statistics providers” during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Oct. 26-Nov. 3 to provide new levels of statistical analysis of the competition.

Rolltech Bowling (rolltechbowling.com) will provide additional stats, displayed on the pba.com live scoring pages, that will allow fans to track players against the field in the following categories: average, strike percentage, spare percentage, split conversion percentage and open frame percentage.

Lanetalk (Lanetalk.com) will provide qualifying round reports during both Xtra Frame and ESPN telecasts, including detailed information on pair equity (average scores by pair) and player performance (average by pair, scoring by game that will reveal averages late in a round vs. early in the round, strike percentage on strike strings, 10th frame strike percentage and more).

“The age of technology is providing PBA fans with unprecedented data to better understand and appreciate the skills of players who compete at the highest levels of competition the sport,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “We’re very happy to introduce Rolltech and Lanetalk as Official Statistics Providers to the PBA.”

Look for the advanced statistical information on pba.com during live scoring of the events Oct 26-31 and on XtraFrame.TV. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.

NEW BRUNSWICK PINS INSTALLED AT SOUTH POINT FOR PBA WORLD SERIES

Competitors in the PBA World Series of Bowling will compete in a scoring environment that will include new Brunswick Red Crown bowling pins.

“The pins are 3-6, 3-7s (pounds and ounces),” said South Point Bowling Center Director of Bowling Operations Mike Monyak. “They were installed in early September, so they should be about perfect, as far as break-in period, for the World Series. Brand-new pins fall like tree trunks; it’s not very easy to knock them over. As they break in, they fall easier, so they should be at optimum scoring level for the PBA players.”

Monyak said the same style pins have been used for all three previous World Series hosted by South Point, but new pins are a routine investment for the facility.

“We change pins every 11 months,” Monyak said. “That’s 200 cases a year, 10 pins per case, at $12 per pin. It’s expensive, but a necessary expense.”

RHINO PAGE OUT, UKRAINE’S KALIKA IN FOR PBA WORLD SERIES

Last-minute changes in the PBA World Series of Bowling V roster include the withdrawal of three-time PBA Tour titlist Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., who is still recovering from off-season wrist surgery, and the addition of Mykhaylo Kalika from Ukraine. Kalika is the first Ukraine bowler to compete in the World Series, and brings the total of countries represented back up to a record 21 different nations.

THREE WTBA/PBA INTERNATIONAL TOUR EVENTS IN MIDDLE EAST CLOSE 2012-13 SEASON

A trio of World Tenpin Bowling Association/PBA International Tour events will conclude the PBA’s 2012-13 season. Abu Dhabi WBT tournament will be held at Thalifa International Bowling Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, followed by the Qatar Open at Qatar Bowling Centre in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 4-10. The final tournament of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season will be the 7th International Kingdom Open at Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 11-16.

All three events will be World Bowling Tour points competitions. All three will award PBA International Tour titles if the winners are PBA members.

For additional information about each tournament, visit worldtenpinbowling.com.

PBA HOSTESS, FORUM BOWL MATRIARCH JEANIE HULSEY DIES

Longtime PBA Tour hostess-proprietor Nelda (Jeanie) Hulsey of Seven Points, Texas, died Tuesday at the age of 81.

Hulsey was the proprietor of two prominent bowling centers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area – Golden Triangle Bowl in Irving and 60-lane Forum Bowl in Grand Prairie, which hosted a number of PBA Tour events. Forum Bowl was the home of the PBA Quaker State Open from 1977 until 1996. Her centers also hosted the 1974 BPAA Women's U.S. Open, the 1976 BPAA Men's U.S. Open, All-American Youth Championships and the 1979 Great and Greatest Tournament.

Considered by many to be the ultimate hostess for professional bowling tournaments, she retired in the mid-2000s, turning control of her centers over to her three children, Debbie Meadows, Brenda Hulsey and Randy Hulsey. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank, Texas, and funeral services are planned for Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: WARREN TIES FOR SECOND ON REGIONAL TITLES LIST

Roger Petrin of Bel Air, Kan., defeated Robert Klann of San Marcos, Texas, 202-200, to win his first PBA Regional title Sunday in the inaugural PBA Brunswick Conroe Southwest Open at Conroe 300 Bowl in Conroe, Texas.

Petrin, who joined the PBA in April, was in control of the title match until a pocket 7-10 split in the eighth frame gave Klann hope. The former Wichita State University player’s spare and strike in the 10th frame, however, clinched the victory and the $2,500 top prize.

Eric George of Waite Park, Minn., defeated Nathan Michalowski of Burlington, Wis., 224-216, to win the PBA Lancer Lanes Midwest Open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday, for a $2,200 first prize and his first PBA Regional title.

Kip Roberts of Glen Allen, Va., defeated 13-time PBA Tour champion Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 226-202, to win his 15th PBA Regional title in the PBA Franklin Southern Open at Franklin (Va.) Bowling Center Sunday. Roberts also earned $2,100.

● The PBA World Series of Bowling V gets underway on Oct. 26 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Regional action during the World Series includes the All-Regions Singles on Nov. 1-2 and the PBA West Region’s South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles Nov. 2-3.

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

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.