Xtra Frame, PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, will be onsite at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., to provide extensive coverage of the 63rd United States Bowling Congress Masters next week. Xtra Frame will cover all qualifying rounds, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday followed by coverage of the three-game, double-elimination match play rounds Friday and Saturday.
The five-game Masters qualifying rounds for all players are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. ET Tuesday-Thursday. Five rounds of match play eliminations start at 9 a.m. on Friday and continue with two more rounds at 9 a.m. Saturday. At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the two surviving undefeated players will bowl a three-game, total pinfall match to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds for Sunday’s ESPN stepladder finals. At 2:45 p.m., the final four losers bracket survivors will bowl a simultaneous three-game match, with the top three players advancing to the ESPN finals as No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds based upon their pinfall totals.
One-month Xtra Frame subscriptions are available for $7.99 and full-year subscriptions are offered at $64.99. To join the growing Xtra Frame audience, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
BELMONTE HOLDS AVERAGE LEAD AFTER PBA DETROIT WINTER SWING
Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte is the PBA Tour average leader following the PBA Detroit Winter Swing, scoring at a 237.30 pace after 112 games bowled during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV and in Detroit. In second place with a 235.26 average is Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas.
Rounding out the top 10 among players who have bowled at least 90 games thus far in the 2012-13 season are Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 233.57; Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., 233.26; Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 231.24; Dom Barrett, England, 231.16; Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 230.66; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 230.57; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 229.85, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 229.63.
ENTRIES ACCEPTED FRIDAY FOR PBA50 TOUR
Entries will be accepted starting Friday on pba.com for the start of the PBA50 Tour season, which kicks off April 14-17 with the PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open, benefitting Wounded Warriors, at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.
To enter, visit pba.com, click on the “Schedules” drop-down menu and click on the appropriate tournament under the “PBA50 Tour” link.
ANDRES GOMEZ MOVES TO TOP OF PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS LIST
With his second straight Carmen Salvino Classic – the first ESPN-televised title event from the PBA Detroit Winter Swing – Colombia native Andres Gomez has moved into the top spot on the PBA Tournament of Champions eligibility list.
Second on the current list is Tommy Jones, winner of the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC, a PBA International Tour event held prior to the PBA Detroit Winter Swing in Nagoya, Japan. Qatar Open winner Mika Koivuniemi is now third.
The 48-player list will be realigned as each new PBA Tour title winner is unveiled leading into the 2013 TOC, March 27-31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent remains on the “bubble” and will be knocked out of the TOC field if a first-time champion is crowned. The complete list of TOC competitors will be announced following the ESPN telecast of the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship on Sunday, March 24.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: PACKARD RECORDS MILESTONE VICTORY
● Ross Packard of San Jose, Calif., at age 65, defeated Mike Danielson of Portland, Ore., 268-206, to win the PBA Jackson Rancheria West Classic at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., Sunday. Packard, who earned $3,000, has now won regional titles in five decades. During his PBA career, he has won 32 standard regional titles, two PBA50 Tour titles and 10 PBA50 regional titles.
● Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 247-244, to win the joint PBA50 Elk Grove Bowl Midwest/Central Open sponsored by Allstate Insurance in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Sunday. The title was Kauble’s 13th in PBA Regional competition. He also earned $1,500.
The Elk Grove Village tournament was the first in a PBA Regional “reduced entry fee” test program, offering bowlers a reduced entry fee structure ($155 for members, $225 for non-members), a one-day format to better manage travel expenses, a one-in-four payoff ratio (compared to the standard one-in-three ratio) and a lower prize fund based upon reduced revenues. The Elk Grove event drew a field of 57 players ages 50 and older compared to similar events which averaged 38 entries a year ago.
The PBA Midwest and Central Regions will offer another “reduced entry fee” one-day PBA50 event (also sponsored by Allstate Insurance) at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Feb. 24.
● Rounding out the PBA regional calendar for February is the PBA South Region Dave Edwards Toyota PBA50 Open presented by Etonic at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Feb. 15-17.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● You can watch Sunday’s PBA Mark Roth Classic and PBA League pre-game show on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knMIigqOAqU&feature=youtu.be. Free pre-game shows air on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel ahead of each two-hour ESPN telecast from the PBA Detroit Winter Swing, and a free post-game show follows each telecast.
● PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash will head the staff for a Brunswick Mini Camp scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., in conjunction with the USBC Masters. Brunswick and DV8 staff players who will participate include PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Johnny Petraglia and Walter Ray Williams Jr., along with Tom Smallwood, Chris Loschetter, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Hess, Ronnie Russell, Mike Machuga and Brian Valenta. Tuition is $300. For more information, email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
● PBA member Thomas Larsen of Denmark picked up his fourth European Bowling Tour title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel tournament at Dolfijn Bowl in Tilburg, Netherlands, Sunday, posting a two-game 469-pin total in the championship round to top Dutchman Joshua Schuurman by 20 pins for the 8,000 Euro first prize.