PBA Hall of Famers Steve Cook of Granite Bay, Calif., and Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
The two were among six bowlers on the men's national ballot and none of the candidates received the 70 percent of the votes cast by USBC’s panel of veteran bowling writers, hall of famers and board members needed for election. In such cases, USBC’s procedure calls for leading vote-getters to be re-considered by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee where they can be confirmed by 70 percent approval of the committee members.
Also on the Superior Performance ballot this year were PBA stars David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Larry Laub of, Lincoln, Calif., and Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla.
Cook; Kent; previously-elected John Gaines of Orlando, Fla.; Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., and the late Woody Woodruff of Long Island, N.Y., will be inducted on April 24 during the USBC Convention in Reno, Nev.
Cook, 56, a 15-time PBA Tour champion, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993. His titles include the 1981 Tournament of Champions, 1983 Touring Players Championship and the 1986 U.S. Open. Kent, 46, owns 10 PBA titles including the 1991 and 2006 USBC Masters plus the 2002 and 2007 PBA World Championships.
“THE BOWLING CENTER” RECAPS SCORPION, PREVIEWS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The fifth episode of “The Bowling Center,” featuring PBA Xtra Frame personalities Jason (The Bowling Guy) Thomas and Jef Goodger is now available on YouTube, featuring a recap of last Sunday’s Scorpion Championship telecast on ESPN and including a preview of next Sunday’s PBA World Championship.
This week's show features a gift exchange between PBA Tour players, a Mike J. Laneside interview with PBA Hall of Famer and Ebonite tour rep Jason Couch, a three-game match between Goodger and Thomas using the Brunswick Mastermind bowling ball and another “Troll Bowling” segment.
To watch Episode Five, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxdvc_pfWKw&list=UUy-taFzDCV-XcpTBa3pF68w
For a bonus leading into Sunday’s PBA World Championship telecast, you can watch Xtra Frame’s coverage of the World Championship match play position round on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZL3cglwtKI&feature=youtu.be
To find the weekly shows – which are available at no cost – visit youtube.com and enter The Bowling Center in the search bar. New shows will debut on Mondays, with a one-week break on January 13.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: EAGLE, ARCHER WIN SOUTHWEST DOUBLES TITLE
● Dale Eagle of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and D.J. Archer from Friendswood, Texas, captured the first PBA50/PBA Bowling Dynamix Houston Southwest Doubles presented by Hammer on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Houston’s Emerald Bowl.
The winning duo took a four-pin lead into the tourney’s final position round match over Austin’s David Anthony and his partner, Chris Hibbitts II of Fort Worth, Texas. With only the position round matches to go and 50 bonus pins available to winning teams, five teams were within 92 pins of the title.
Archer started the final game strong with four strikes while Hibbitts and Anthony were unable to create strings of strikes. After Archer split late in the game, Eagle continued to strike to secure a 433-395 win in the final match and lock up the title and the $4,000 winners’ check.
● Following the holiday season, PBA Regional activity resumes Jan. 11-12 with the PBA and PBA50 Sands Regency Winter Classic doubleheader presented by Motiv at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The event also includes a Winter Challenge for non-title winners on Friday, Jan. 10.
The only other January event will be the PBA Legend Lanes Regular/Senior Central Doubles Classic in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, over the Jan. 24-26 weekend.
For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.
● Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters, Feb. 16-23 at Brunswick Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J. To enter, go to bowl.com/masters.
● Pro-am entries and television tickets for the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA League quarterfinal and semifinal rounds at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 25-27, also are available on pba.com. Click on the “tickets” link for complete details.