Dexter Shoe Company has upgraded its involvement as a PBA Product-Registered Company to become the exclusive PBA Tour and PBA League shoe manufacturer when the PBA kicks off its 55th season on Jan. 1, 2014.
Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Dexter and Storm Products shoes, manufactured by Dexter, will be allowed for PBA Tour and League competition when the PBA returns to a calendar year schedule beginning Jan. 1.
The PBA also has announced that players will be allowed to wear any brand of bowling shoes they wish to wear, effective immediately, in PBA Regional and PBA50 competition. The Dexter-PBA Tour/PBA League agreement does not affect brands allowed in those levels of competition.
As an exclusive PBA Tour and PBA League shoe manufacturer, Dexter will have at its disposal a wide range of promotional opportunities provided by the PBA including television commercials and billboards, feature segments on ESPN and CBS Sports Network telecast of PBA events in addition to event signage, logos on player shirts and online exposure through live scoring.
“We are proud of our long and illustrious relationship with the PBA. As the leading manufacturer of performance bowling shoes, this is an exciting milestone for us,” said Dexter Vice President Bud Clapsaddle.
In addition, Dexter will receive one PBA50 Tour and six PBA Regional event entitlements over the course of the year and will be able to hold demonstrations and display products at selected regional and/or PBA50 events.
The PBA will return to a calendar year schedule in 2014, kicking off the schedule with the second season of the PBA League Jan. 1-7 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. The 2014 season will include three major championships, a renewal of the PBA Summer Swing, a preliminary schedule of nine PBA International tournaments and 46 hours of nationally-televised PBA Tour competition on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network.
PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING V IS “SOLD OUT;” RECORD 21 COUNTRIES ENTERED
With six weeks to go, the fifth PBA World Series of Bowling has a full field, representing a record 21 countries. A capacity field of 240 players will begin competition in PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Viper Championships – leading into the PBA World Championship – on Oct. 25 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The latest country to join the field of 52 PBA International competitors is South Korea.
Australia will send the largest international contingent (eight bowlers) followed by Japan (seven). Nations represented in the WSOB for the first time are Argentina, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Ireland. Participating countries, with number of players in parenthesis, include: Argentina (1), Australia (8), Bahrain (4), Bermuda (1), Canada (3), Colombia (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (3), Ecuador (1), England (5), Finland (2), Ireland (1), Japan (7), Korea (1), Mexico (3), Puerto Rico (1), Russia (1), Saudi Arabia (2), Sweden (2) and Venezuela (4).
SPECIAL SOUTH POINT RESERVATIONS RATE EXPIRES OCT. 11
PBA World Series of Bowling V participants have until Friday, Oct. 11, to make reservations under the South Point Hotel’s discounted WSOB room rates of $50 weekdays and $90 weekends. The rate, which also is available to news media and PBA fans attending the event, will apply from the start of the World Series through Nov. 3.
To lock in the special rates, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call (702) 796-7111 and use the code “PBA World Series of Bowling.”
FOLLOW THE PBA REGIONAL TOUR ON FACEBOOK
The PBA Regional program provides an environment for high-caliber bowlers, including PBA Tour stars, to sharpen their skills before competing on the PBA Tour and allows competitors with full-time jobs the opportunity to compete at the professional level in affordable weekend events.
Each of the seven PBA Regions is now represented on Facebook with its own fan page. Each region has a designated PBA member who will help maintain the page and provide the latest news, insights and information about tournaments and players in that area. Friends, family, bowlers and fans should visit the Facebook link noted below and “like” each PBA Region you’d like to follow via social networking:
www.facebook.com/PBAEast (Rob Gotterbarn)
www.facebook.com/PBACentral (Carleton Chambers)
www.facebook.com/PBAMidwest (Brian Valenta)
www.facebook.com/PBASouth (Ronnie Horton)
www.facebook.com/PBASouthwest (Jason Miller)
www.facebook.com/PBAWest (Dave Wodka)
www.facebook.com/PBANorthwest (Sean Daniels)
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: PBA CENTRAL REGIONAL PLAYERS INVITATIONAL IS NEXT
● The PBA Central Regional Players Invitational, the fourth in a series of six regional championship tournaments, is set for Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 13-15. PBA RPIs will be webcast live, from start to finish, Saturday and Sunday on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for more information. At stake is a $6,000 first prize, a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V and a berth in the inaugural PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN.
Three PBA RPI Finals berths have already been decided. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won last weekend’s PBA Southwest Regional Invitational and will join PBA South RPI winner Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and PBA Midwest RPI winner Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis., in finals in Las Vegas.
● Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 202-178, to win the PBA Moon City Central Classic presented by New Vision Nursing and Day Care & Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday. The victory was Troup’s sixth in PBA Regional competition and he earned $3,000.
● Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., finished with nine strikes to race away from Sam Maccarone of Glassboro, N.J., 266-210, in the PBA50 Howell Lanes Eastern Open presented by Brunswick at Howell Lanes in Howell, N.J., Sunday. Ventura won his fifth career regional title and $1,500.
While the Howell Lanes championship match turned into a runaway, the semifinal round produced some extraordinary excitement. Ventura, the 2011 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, survived a roll-off that lasted six shots in the semifinal round, eventually beating Terry Wiley of Vienna, Va., 10-9, when Wiley left a 10 pin on his sixth shot. In the one-shot, sudden death roll-off, both players struck on their first five shots after they tied with 246 games.
In the other semifinal round match, Maccarone, a three-time PBA50 East Region player of the year, narrowly avoided a roll off when Mike Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., the 2000 Region Player of the Year, left a solid 9 pin in the final frame, giving Maccarone a 247-227 win.
● Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 257-174, to win his 51st overall PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open on Saturday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the second tournament of the doubleheader weekend, amateur Casey Murphy of Springfield, Mo., defeated Matt Tomsu of Omaha, Neb., 215-203, to win Sunday’s PBA Midwest Thunderbowl Open and a $2,100 first prize.
The Thunderbowl weekend also included a unique four-man Baker team event, with teams composed of standard and PBA50 players based upon how they finished in qualifying. Team Weber, led by Pete Weber and including teammates Jason Poli, Jimmy Johnson and Andrew Jensen, defeated Team Porter (Mark Porter, Dave Beres, Dave Felberg, Matt Puttroff), 229-162, for a $2,000 prize.
● In addition to the Central Region’s RPI, the Sept. 13-15 weekend schedule includes a pair of joint West/Northwest Region events sponsored by Sands Regency Casino at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – one for non-champions, and one for PBA members.
The Sept. 20-22 schedule features the PBA East Regional Players Invitational presented by Maple City Dodge at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.; the Ten Down Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Motiv in Roseburg, Ore.; the Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl, and the PBA50 Sport Lanes South Open in Martinsville, Va.
Closing out the month over the Sept. 27-29 weekend will be the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the Albuquerque Hammer Southwest Open at Silva Lanes in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Tyler Cacioppo Crohns and Colitis Eastern Open at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash and wife Sara of Montgomery, Ill., are first-time parents. Kaylee Isabel Rash arrived on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11:48 p.m. CT, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches.
● Private family services for six-time PBA Tour titlist Les Schissler, who died on Sept. 7 in Brighton, Colo., at age 83, will be held at a later date in his hometown of Brighton, the family has announced. Schissler is survived by his children, Roger (Madelyn) Schissler of Northglenn; Terry (Ed) Lewis of Erie; Eileen (George) Suazo of Erie and Sharon (Anthony) Montoya of Brighton; brother Kenny (Judy) Schissler of Brighton; sister Marylee (John) Houdek of Brighton, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
● PBS’ “American Masters” series will feature the story of PBA League owner and women’s sports icon Billie Jean King, tracing her career from her start as a 12-year-old growing up in California. The program premiered on most PBS stations Tuesday. For additional information about the program, click here: