Three of the PBA League’s “supplemental” players got an opportunity to perform during the inaugural Elias Cup finals in Indianapolis, and all three made the most of their chances.
DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas – who wasn’t even drafted for PBA League competition - joined the Motown Muscle roster for the qualifying rounds during the PBA Detroit Winter Swing when Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., was forced to withdraw due to a lingering injury. When a painful battle with plantar faciitis, affecting his right foot, forced Motown’s Mike Scroggins out of the lineup, Archer stepped in and helped the Muscle defeat the Dallas Strikers to advance to the Elias Cup title match. In six frames in three games, Archer had four spares, one strike and one unconverted split.
BROOKLYN STyLES supplemental player Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, got the call when STyLES anchor bowler Sean Rash left the 2-4-8-10 split in the 10th frame of the opening match against the Dallas Strikers. While the outcome of the match was already decided in Dallas’ favor, Hess came off the bench cold and converted the challenging split.
In the title match, after anchor Pete Weber locked up the title for the New York City WTT KingPins with a strike on his first shot in the 10th frame, he called in supplemental pick Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., – the only woman on a PBA League team roster – to finish off the game. Kulick flushed two strikes in two attempts.
ELIAS CUP TRAVELING TROPHY HEADED TO NEW YORK CITY
The PBA League Elias Cup traveling trophy will soon be on its way to the New York City offices of Mylan World Team Tennis, co-founded by New York City WTT KingPins owner Billie Jean King. The trophy, bearing the names of team members Pete Weber, Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton and Kelly Kulick, along with King as owner, will remain in the care of Mylan WTT CEO and Commissioner Ilana Kloss until the next Elias Cup Finals.
"It will be displayed proudly," said Kloss, who attended the Elias Cup finals along with King.
Mylan WTT presented by GEICO has its headquarters on Broadway in New York City.
PBA TO UNVEIL THREE NEW “ANIMAL PATTERNS” DURING GEICO PBA SUMMER SWING
In its first appearance in Milwaukee since the 2007 USBC Masters, the PBA Tour will return to Wisconsin with a series of unique events:
● The GEICO PBA Summer Swing, set for May 20-June 2, will be contested at three different bowling centers – a first in PBA history.
● The tournament series will introduce three new “animal” lane conditioning patterns, expanding the original group of Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion, Shark and Viper animal patterns for the first time since the “named” lane conditioning pattern system was introduced in 2008. The new patterns will be named the Badger, Wolf and Bear.
● CBS Sports Network will make its debut as the PBA Tour’s Summer Swing network. CBSSN will air five two-hour telecasts on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET, beginning June 11. In addition to the Badger, Wolf and Bear Open finals, the CBSSN series will include the Milwaukee Open finals and a GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event.
The GEICO PBA Summer Swing will be limited to a field of 176 players (PBA members and non-members). Entries are being accepted on a first-come basis. 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 three “animal pattern” events will each 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, statics and titles in support of PBA Player of the Year consideration, and qualifying points for the 2013 Japan Cup.
Players who may not be able to bowl in all of the Summer Swing events 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).
For entry information, visit pba.com and click on the “Schedule” tab for PBA Tour information, or click on this link for the entry form: http://www.pba.com/Content/files/membership/PBA_Summer_Swing_2013_B.pdf
XTRA FRAME SET TO COVER START OF 2013 PBA50 TOUR SEASON
PBA’s Xtra Frame crew is set to launch its exclusive online coverage of the PBA50 Tour with the Pasco County Suncoast Open benefitting Wounded Warriors Project in New Port Richey, Fla., followed by the
PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, Fla.
Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of the New Port Richey tournament April 15-17 and The Villages event April 21-23. Bowling fans can watch both events for a modest monthly subscription fee of $7.99, or catch a full year of PBA coverage plus many other exclusive features for $64.99. To enroll, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
During the first two Florida events, Gianmarc Manzione, who recently authored a widely-praised feature story on “action bowling” in the New York area that was published in the New York Times, will visit the Xtra Frame booth.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: BAKER, GOEBEL, PARKS WIN IN PBA50 “TUNEUP” EVENTS
As PBA50 Tour players fine-tune their games in anticipation of the start of the 2013 season April 14-17 in New Port Richey, Fla., PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C.; PBA Tour titlist Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., and 2008 USBC Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., earned titles in PBA Regional competition over the April 6-7 weekend.
● Baker went 6-4 in match play and finished with a 18-game total of 4,041 pins to win the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 North Fort Myers (Fla.) South Open at All Star Lanes Sunday by 65 pins over Dave Sill of Titusville, Fla. Baker successfully defended his 2012 North Fort Myers title and earned back-to-back titles after winning the South Region event in Fayetteville, N.C., two weeks earlier to end a year-long winless spell. He clinched the title with a 227-183 win over Sill in their position round match.
● Goebel and Parks won one-day PBA50 Midwest titles in Milan, Ill. Goebel defeated Mike Mineman of St. Louis, 197-145, to win the PBA50 Derek Newton Allstate Midwest/Central Open I on Saturday and Parks defeated Mineman, 197-188, in Sunday’s Derek Newton Allstate Midwest/Central Open II for his 15th PBA Regional title. Both winners earned $1,500 prizes.
● The April 12-14 PBA Regional schedule includes the Firelake/Flintco Southwest Open presented by Brunswick at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the Earl Anthony and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial Classics at Earl Anthony’s Dublin (Calif.) Bowl, and the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by Brunswick in Galion, Ohio.
The PBA West/Northwest Regions head to Hawaii April 18-23, starting with the John Gonsalves Memorial West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Schofield Barracks on April 18, followed by the Naval Station West/Northwest Open at Pearl Harbor over the weekend. The Hawaii tour wraps up with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KB Xtreme Lanes in Kailua April 22-23.
Also on the April 19-21 schedule are the Debbie and Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; the Rocky Mount South Open at The Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, N.C.; and a one-day “reduced entry fee” Midwest Region event at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison, Wis.
Closing out the month will be the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Motiv in Canton, Ga., over the April 25-27 weekend along with the Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm in Rockaway, N.J., and the Country Club Lanes Central Open in Elkhart, Ind.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● Anthony (Nin) Angelo, father of two-time PBA Tour champion Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., died on April 4 at age 85. Nin Angelo was a bowling legend in the Buffalo area as one of the sport’s first great left-handed players. He rose to stardom during the 1960-61 season when he appeared on Buffalo’s “Beat the Champ” television show for 19 consecutive weeks, defeating future hall of famers Ed Lubanski, Bill Bunetta, Billy Golembiewski and Carmen Salvino during his streak. He is a member of the Lockport, Buffalo and New York State Bowling Halls of Fame, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Visitation was held Wednesday in Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in All Saints Parish Oratory, 391 Market St., Lockport.
● Reminder: the one-of-a-kind competition jersey Chris Barnes designed for his close friend Mika Koivuniemi and worn by Koivuniemi during the 2013 USBC Masters telecast, will be sold during an online auction to raise money for Strike Out Diabetes, a charity Barnes and his wife Lynda have created in cooperation with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Dallas. The Strike Out Diabetes event will be held April 27 in Lewisville, Texas. For more information, visit: http://www.jdrfdallas.org/events/strike-out-diabetes/. To bid on the Koivuniemi jersey, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, contact telephone number and bid amount. The deadline for all bids is April 15.