PBA Spare Shots: Fans Discovering Live Frame-by-Frame Scoring on pba.com

by Bill Vint May 22, 2013 07:16

Ever-evolving technology continues to provide new-and-improved ways for bowling fans to follow the Professional Bowlers Association, live in real time.

One of the special features that more and more fans are discovering is the live frame-by-frame coverage of PBA Tour events on pba.com, the PBA’s official website. A function of the live scoring includes mapping of pin leaves, which provides fans with a way to follow the action as it happens in a way never before available. It’s more comprehensive than even television or radio could possibly provide.

To experience the depth of detail, visit pba.com during the next live round of coverage (especially during match play rounds), click on the “live scoring” link and then open the “live links” to specific players or matches. When you’re in the live frame-by-frame scoring, hover your cursor over a spare leave and you’ll see the pins that were left standing.

Live scoring on pba.com is free, and provides a great supplement to the live online video coverage and commentary provided by the PBA’s subscription-based bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The next rounds of PBA Tour competition on pba.com will include the GEICO PBA Summer Swing’s Lucas Oil Wolf Open qualifying rounds Thursday at noon and 6 p.m. ET followed by round-robin match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET.

NEW MULTI-PLAYER VERSION OF PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE NOW AVAILABLE

Concrete Software, developers of PBA Bowling Challenge, one of the most popular electronic games for mobile device users, has launched a new multi-player version on Google Play that allows users to play against each other.

The new multi-player version was announced at Google’s annual developers’ conference, Google I/O.

Following an outstanding initial release in 2012, leading to over 2.8 million downloads and a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on the Google Play store, the long-awaited multi-player update to PBA Bowling Challenge has arrived.
"Multi-player was the obvious next step for the title," said Keith Pichelman, CEO of Concrete Software. "It was by far the most user-requested feature and something we had intended to include from the beginning, but finding a multi-player service that would meet our needs proved to be difficult. We were very fortunate that the release of Google Play game services happened to coincide with our plans for the game. We were able to integrate quickly and easily with their services to give our users the ability to bowl in one-on-one, real-time matches against their friends."
In addition to multiplayer functionality, the integration of Google Play game services will provide Concrete Software with other features, such as cloud saving, that will be incorporated into future updates to PBA Bowling Challenge, Pichelman said.

The new version is available at Google Play.

BARNES, WEBER TO PARTICIPATE IN CHRIS PAUL CELEBRITY EVENTS

PBA stars Chris Barnes and Pete Weber have been invited to participate in Chris Paul's Celebrity Poker Tournament at Club Nokia/LA on July 7 and the Chris Paul Celebrity Golf Classic benefitting CP3 Foundation at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on July 8. Both events are fundraisers for the NBA all-star point guard’s charitable foundation, which he founded in 2005 in memory of his late grandfather.

Paul, the owner of the L.A. X team in the new PBA League and host of the annual Chris Paul Celebrity All-Stars bowling event, is a two-time winner of the National Basketball Association’s Community Assist Award for his numerous charitable programs. For more information on his community efforts, as well as the upcoming golf and poker events, visit cp3foundation.org.

NO 900 FOR BILL O’NEILL

Bill O’Neill admitted visions of duplicating Joe Scarborough’s 900 series danced into his head, but not until after the fact.

The four-time PBA Tour titlist from Langhorne, Pa., kicked off the PBA Lucas Oil Badger Open, the first event in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil, with 21 consecutive strikes before leaving a solid 8 pin on the new, untested 52-foot Badger lane conditioning pattern on natural wood lanes at AMF Waukesha in suburban Milwaukee. Scarborough, of course, recorded the first 900 series in PBA history with three perfect games kicking off his opening qualifying round in the PBA50 Tour’s Sun Bowl in The Villages on April 21.

“Yeah, I thought about 900 after the round was over, not while I was bowling,” O’Neill said, and then smiled. “And then I remembered Scarborough didn’t make the cut, so I didn’t feel too bad about losing my chance.”

BRUNSWICK YOUTH CHALLENGE ADDED TO MILWAUKEE SUMMER SWING PROGRAM

The PBA and Brunswick are teaming up to produce a Brunswick Youth Challenge Super Classic which will be held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil on Sunday, May 26, at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Wis. The Super Classic is open to boys and girls ages 21 and younger, in a total of six scratch and handicap divisions.

All bowlers will bowl five games across 10 lanes on the new PBA Wolf lane condition. The top four in each division will then bowl a three-game match play round, with the winner of each division advancing to a television stepladder where the youth bowlers will be randomly paired with Brunswick Pro Staff members Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tom Hess, Tom Smallwood or Sean Rash.

The entry fee is $44 for handicap divisions, and $64 for 17-under or 18-21 years old scratch divisions. The entry fee also includes a paid entry into the PBA Bear Open pro-am which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For complete rules and details on how to enter, visit http://docs.com/SHQD.

PBA’S FIRST TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR MORRIS CRAMER DIES

Morris Cramer, an Albany area resident who served as tournament director for the first three PBA tournaments held in upstate New York, died Wednesday of complications from cancer. He was 87.

Cramer, an outstanding bowler in his own right, was a former proprietor in the Albany area. He ran the 1958 Empire State Open, catching the eye of the founders of the newly-formed PBA, and when the PBA awarded its first ever tournament to Schades Academy in Albany over Memorial Day weekend in 1959, Cramer served as its director.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: TACKETT, MOHR WIN BALDO CAMPANA TITLES

● E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Joshua Conner of Columbus, Ohio by 96 pins to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Baldo Campana Central Open benefiting the Lorain County Kids Fund at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, Saturday.

On Sunday, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, used a perfect 8-0 match play performance to defeat Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., by 381 pins to win the PBA50 Baldo Campana Central Open companion event.

Tackett finished with a 6-2 match play record and a total of 3,617 pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins. He also earned $2,000 in the one-day, reduced entry fee event.

Mohr finished with 4,178 pins for 16 games, including bonus pins, for his 10th overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

Mike Bailey of Allen, Texas, defeated Bill Alexander of San Angelo, Texas, 247-199, to win his second PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the fourth annual PBA Fort Sill (Okla.) Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

Bailey started his road to victory by upsetting PBA Tour champion Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla.., in his best-of-five-game Round of 16 match, 3-1. After eliminating Brian Burkett of Amarillo, Texas, in the best-of-three Round of 8, 2-1, Bailey defeated Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 279-216, in the semifinal round.

Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., posted a 7-1 match play record and 3,818 pins Sunday to win his 39th career regional title in the PBA US Foods Northwest Open presented by Boger Construction at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, Wash.

Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., by 51 pins for the title. Richards had a 4-4 match play record and 3,767 pins for 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Northwest Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet, Barry Tate of Wenatchee, Wash., went 3-3 and knocked down 3,068 total pins to top Bob Davidson of Seattle, Wash., for his first PBA50 Northwest Region title. Davidson had a 3-3 match play record and 2,970 pins for 14 games including match play bonus pins.

● The Memorial Day weekend regional schedule includes two one-day “reduced entry fee” joint PBA50 regionals for Midwest and Central Region players, sponsored by Allstate Insurance, at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

Closing out the month will be a pair of mid-week PBA50 West Regional events: the fourth annual PBA50 Long King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., May 27-29, followed by the PBA50 Miller High Life West Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 29-31.

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

QUICK NOTES:

● The PBA Tour’s most intensive rivalry, between young power stars Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Jason Belmonte of Australia, was captured in an in-depth front page feature story in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by award-winning writer Gary D’Amato (http://www.jsonline.com/sports/etc/tournament-here-features-testy-clash-of-the-keglers-7c9vp0e-208031751.html). You can follow D’Amato’s coverage of the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil by visiting jsonline.com/sports.

● Catch a quick promotional preview of CBS Sports Network’s coverage of the GEICO PBA Summer Swing on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_V4lSILQ7o.

● Final reminder: Applications are due June 15 for the PBA’s Billy Welu Scholarship, awarded annually to a male or female college student who competes in the sport of bowling and exhibits exemplary qualities as a student and citizen. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship award. To access the Welu Scholarship application form, use this link: http://pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships/

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