A lingering injury has forced two-time PBA Tour champion Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., to forgo his entry into the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, which gets underway Wednesday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Mike Mineman of O’Fallon, Ill., was next in line, but declined his invitation, so the vacancy in the TOC field will be filled by four-time PBA Tour titlist Brian Himmler of Cincinnati, who won his last title in the 2006 Earl Anthony Medford Classic.
By accepting the invitation, Himmler will be on the “bubble” to join the field. If a first-time PBA Tour champion is crowned in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, this week, Himmler will be knocked out of the tournament. PBA fans can follow the event in Munich by visiting brunswickeurochallenge.com or bowlingdigital.com. Mike Fagan of Dallas is defending champion.
The Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions will take place March 27-31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, concluding with the live, five-player, two-hour stepladder finals on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET. The PBA League Elias Cup finals, featuring the top four teams based on PBA Detroit Winter Swing qualifying rounds, will be held at 6 p.m. on March 31 at Woodland Bowl for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. ET.
XTRA FRAME TO COVER PBA HALL OF FAME CEREMONIES, PRO-AM DURING TOC WEEK
PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will provide bonus coverage during Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions week. In addition to live coverage of all qualifying and match play rounds Wednesday-Friday, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies from 7-10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 30, beginning with “red carpet” interviews and concluding with the inductions of Danny Wiseman and Doug Kent into the PBA Hall of Fame.
For subscription information, visit pba.com. Monthly ($7.99) and annual ($64.99) subscriptions are available.
PBA ADJUSTS FORMATS FOR PBA50 TOUR
The PBA has announced format changes for PBA50 Tour events that will take effect for the 2013 season. For fields with 120 or more entries, 40 players will advance to the single-elimination match play bracket, including bye rounds for the top qualifiers. For fields of fewer than 120 entries, the traditional 32-player bracket will be used and two byes will be awarded to those who qualify in the top eight, and one bye will be awarded to those that qualify ninth through 16th.
The PBA Sun Bowl In the Villages presented by Hammer (April 20-23) and the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip (May 13-16) will utilize a 32-player modified round robin match play format consisting of two eight-game rounds. Both will begin with a modified round-robin round with the 32 players advancing from qualifying. After eight match games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for another eight-game round-robin round to determine the top four for a stepladder final.
For the PBA50/Super Senior Doubles Classic in Decatur, Ill. (Aug. 10-13), seniors (ages 50-59) and super seniors (ages 60 and over) will qualify separately. After qualifying the top 16 in each division will be paired together. The top senior qualifier will be paired with the top super senior and so on to create 16 doubles teams. Those 16 teams will then bowl 16 round robin Baker format doubles matches. The field will then be cut to the top four teams for a Baker format stepladder.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: “ROOKIE” TRABER, WEBER WIN IN DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND
● Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., in his first tournament as a PBA50 competitor, defeated John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., 243-203, to win the PBA50 John Wegner Allstate Midwest/Central Open on Saturday at Liberty Lanes.
In the second tournament of the doubleheader weekend, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 238-160, on Sunday for his 49th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.
● Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 257-236, to win the PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, on Sunday. The title was Ciccone’s 15th in PBA Regional competition. He also earned $2,700.
● Dave Kneas of Annapolis, Md., defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 225-203, 248-214, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his seventh PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Franklin Southern Open presented by Motiv at Franklin (Va.) Bowling Center Sunday. Kneas also earned $1,600.
Over the March 22-24 weekend, the East Region will host the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the South Region will host the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) South Open at Fayetteville Lanes, and the West/Northwest Regions will combine for the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.
Closing out the month, the March 29-31 regional calendar includes the joint PBA Best Deal Auto Central/Midwest Open along with the PBA50 Bowling Gift.com Central/Midwest Open at Georgetown Bowl in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and the West Region will conduct a non-champions event along with a member/non-member doubles tournament, both presented by Etonic, 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.
● Entries are being accepted on a first-come basis for the GEICO PBA Summer Swing, set for May 20-June 2 in Milwaukee. The entry fee package for all four tournaments will be $600 for PBA members and $750 for non-members. The tournament field will be limited to 176 entrants. The Badger, Wolf and Bear Opens – three new “animal pattern” events – each will offer a $50,000 prize fund. The Milwaukee Open will pay $100,000 in prize money. All four tournaments also will award berths in the 2014 PBA Tournament of Champions.
Players also will be allowed to enter the first three tournaments individually ($225 for members and $285 for non-members for the Badger, Wolf and Bear Opens), but only those who have bowled all three events will be eligible for the Milwaukee Open. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event that will conclude the summer swing will not award a title, but will offer additional prize money. The top five players in competition points for the four summer tournaments will compete in the King of the Swing stepladder finals.
● Entries are now being accepted on pba.com for the first events 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.