PBA Spare Shots: PBA League Owner Terrell Owens Makes Competitive Bowling Debut in USBC Open Championships

by Bill Vint May 3, 2013 07:30

Proving that his passion for bowling extends beyond being one of the first celebrity stars to become a team owner in the PBA League, NFL all-star wide receiver Terrell Owens made his competitive bowling debut in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev., Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bowling on the Bowlers Journal International team with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, Xtra Frame announcers Mike (Mike J. Laneside) Jakubowski and Jason (The Bowling Guy) Thomas, and former USBC employee Ed Baur, Owens posted a 475 series in his USBC Open Championships debut in team event.

"The first game (185) went pretty well," said Owens, the owner of the PBA League’s Dallas Strikers. "I'm still new to this, so when I saw some of the guys switching balls, I felt I should switch, too. (He bowled 129 and 161 in his second and third games). I probably should have stayed with the same ball. I ended up going back to the first ball I used and made some other minor adjustments with my feet and eyes."

Owens then added 503 in doubles (with Clark as his partner) and 530 in singles for a 1,508 all-events total (167.5 average).

"Terrell's a great teammate,” Clark said. “He was totally engaged in the competition and bowled great for it being his first real bowling tournament. He learned a lot, strung some strikes and broke 1,500 in all events, which is a respectable score. He even straightened me out during doubles, telling me to stay down at the line and it helped.

"He's been great to work with the past year in building the PBA League,” Clark added, “and I asked him as a friend if he'd like to bowl with our team and experience the National Bowling Stadium. He jumped at the opportunity. Terrell has a great passion for the game and it will be fun to watch him progress. Everyone who has watched him bowl knows he has a natural talent for the sport."

PBA HALL OF FAMERS COUCH, MCCUNE JOIN USBC HALL OF FAME

PBA Hall of Famers Jason Couch (2012) of Clermont, Fla., and Don McCune of Las Vegas (1991), along with two other players with strong PBA ties, were inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame as part of the USBC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nev., Thursday.

Also inducted were 1988 PBA Rookie of the Year Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., and former PBA Women’s Series competitor Lynda Barnes (wife of PBA star Chris Barnes) of Double Oak, Texas.

Couch, a 16-time PBA Tour titlist, made history in 2002 by becoming the only bowler in PBA history to win three consecutive Tournament of Champions titles.

"When you're born into a bowling family, you never think of halls of fame and being a pro on the PBA Tour for 21 years; you dream of being a great bowler like your mother and father," said Couch, who finished in the top 10 in the USBC Masters four times. "I always looked up to my parents in bowling and in life. That's why I'm so proud to thank my parents for giving me my passion for this great game."

McCune had 10 top-10 finishes at the USBC Open Championships, but his biggest impact came on the PBA Tour where he won eight PBA Tour titles, including six in winning PBA Player of the Year honors in 1973.

"I never in my wildest dreams started out thinking I would make it into the Hall of Fame," McCune said. "But people do make it, and when they get here, they are really, really thankful for the opportunity."

A former Team USA member and collegiate champion at Wichita State, Steelsmith was a four-time All-American and won the USBC Masters in 1987 as an amateur. He also won USBC Open Championships All-Events and Team All-Events titles.

"I think the greatest reward that comes with this induction is the gift of reflection that this night brings with it," Steelsmith said. "Being a recipient of an award of this magnitude forces you to reflect on what led to this night."

Barnes won USBC Queens titles in 1998 and 2008, had six top-five finishes in the U.S. Women's Open and has won dozens of international medals as a Team USA member, including the 2005 QubicaAMF World Cup.

"I have often wondered what it would feel like to be inducted, and now that it is here it's very hard for me to put into words what is in my heart," Barnes said. "It's truly an honor to be a part of this amazing class of inductees."

Comments were published in a news release by USBC’s communications staff.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER PBA50 TOUR EVENTS IN MOORESVILLE

PBA50 Tour fans will be able to follow all of the action, start to finish in the PBA50 Tour Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, followed by the PBA50 Classic presented by Roto-Grip, as the spring segment of the 2013 PBA50 Tour schedule winds down.

Live online coverage of the Miller High Life Classic, hosted by George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., will include qualifying rounds Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7, followed by complete coverage of the match play elimination rounds on Wednesday. Xtra Frame coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on Monday.

Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Tour will continue in June when the senior players visit Las Vegas for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open at Suncoast Bowling Center, June 2-7, followed by the USBC Senior Masters at South Point Bowling Center June 9-14.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: CIMINELLI WINS IN INDIANA

Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 238-175, to win the PBA Country Club Lanes Central Open in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday. Along with his first PBA Regional win of the 2013 season, and the ninth of his career, Ciminelli collected a $4,000 first prize.

● In between PBA50 Tour stops in Florida and Alabama, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, defeated Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 226-206, 247-202, in the best-of-three-game finale of the PBA50 Canton (Ga.) Southern Open at Cherokee Lanes Sunday. Mohr earned $2,300.

Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa. defeated Vinny D’Ambrosio III of Staten Island, N.Y., 215-206, in the PBA Rockaway Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway (N.J.) Lanes Sunday. Gollick went through the stepladder field, defeating James Wallace of Hicksville, N.Y., 227-192, and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 257-209, to claim his third PBA East Region title and the $2,500 first prize.

● PBA Regional players will continue to compile qualifying points for their respective Regional Players Championship tournaments, which will be held later in the summer, during a busy schedule in May.

The May 3-5 weekend will include the joint PBA Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open in Junction City, Kan., and the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif.

Between the PBA50 Tour stops in Trussville, Ala., and Mooresville, N.C., Riverside Lanes in Danville, Va., will host the PBA50 Danville South Open May 9-11.

A pair of “reduced entry fee” tournaments is scheduled for May 11 (PBA50 Columbus (Ohio) Central Open at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl) and May 11-12 (PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D.).

The May 17-19 schedule includes the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oak Lanes in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA U.S. Foods Northwest Open presented by Boger Construction and the PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Northwest Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, Wash., and the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Central Opens benefitting the Lorain County Kids Fund at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio.

The May 24-25 schedule includes two one-day joint PBA50 regionals for Midwest and Central Region players, sponsored by Allstate Insurance, at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

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 United States Bowling Congress announcement on a long-term tournament agreement with South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center, and its Las Vegas business partners has no immediate impact on the PBA, but PBA leadership was pleased with the news that construction on a new 60-lane South Point Bowling Arena will begin immediately, with plans to open in 2015.

"We congratulate the USBC and Las Vegas on the new partnership with South Point,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “South Point has been a great host for PBA's World Series of Bowling the past three years, and will be again this October for WSOB V. The WSOB has grown into being the best professional bowling extravaganza worldwide and South Point has played a huge role in that. The bowling industry is thankful for its commitment to the sport."

● PBA members Mike Fagan of Dallas and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will try to win the first World Games gold medals for the United States in Cali, Colombia, in July. Fagan and Kulick, who were selected by Team USA, will bowl men’s and women’s singles, and mixed doubles. The World Games involves 36 sports that are not included in the Olympic Games. The U.S. has won two silver and three bronze medals since the inception of the World Games in 1981, but never a gold medal.

Mike Fagan of Dallas and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., have been selected as Male and Female Bowlers of the Year for calendar year 2012 by the International Bowling Media Association (formerly the Bowling Writers Association of America).

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